Facebook, Omg, and Saw: Red
Saw this on Facebook and sent it to
my brother, who is a pharmacist.
Unsa man na b
red blood cells
Someone in facebook also posted this too
This shit's infuriating
Oh, this is a type of shorthand!
There are 3 main types, but from my research,
this looks to be American Gregg Shorthand.
As you can see, there are set symbols for every
Let's break one of the words down:
Using the Gregg Alphabet as reference, we can
see most of the letters in "atrophied" are
present. But why no "o" vowel, and why is "ph"
written as "f"?
Simple. In shorthand, you cut out all vowels in a
word when writing it down, with the exception of
words that BEGIN or END with a vowel (hence
the "a" at the start being present), or like in the
"I" in "atrophied", to make it more readable when
the sound could be harder to distinguish if it
isn't written. In "atrophied" if the the "i" isn't
written, it could be hard to tell if the writer
meant a "fud", "fad", "fod" or "fid" sound, for
Also, since Shorthand is a phonetic writing
system, you are encouraged to write down the
phonetic sounds of words rather than the actual
letter blends in this case, write an "f" instead of
So in actuality, these aren't just meaningless
scribbles -it's Gregg Shorthand, a writing
system developed to take down notes more
quickly than when written out in full, which is
very useful in a medical or journalistic
Some people can even write over 100 words in
a minute! And, it's been in use since John
Robert Gregg invented it in 1888! Wow! So old!
Isn't language amazing ?
I'm gonna go back in time and kill John Robert