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More Examples of Effective Shorthand

The important thing is that when you review your notes, you can read this abbreviated sentence and understand its meaning. If you invent a form of shorthand and then later cannot read or understand what you wrote, you'll be lost. Let's try some more. Abbreviate the following sentences in any way you choose. There is a suggested abbreviation, but this doesn't mean it is the "right one." The right one is the one that communicates meaning to you.

  1. The computer terminals must be turned off every evening at 6 o'clock.
  2. The cost of your hospitalization insurance will be reduced by increasing the deductible.
  3. The last war the United States was involved in was World War II. Since then, the other conflicts might be called acts of war.
  4. The government may increase Social Security benefits by means of increased Social Security taxes. Increased taxes are an important consideration for every senior citizen.
  5. People buy life insurance to protect against the risk of premature death. They purchase annuities to protect against the risk of living too long. It is estimated that by the year 2045, there will be more than 1 million people age 100 or older. We are living longer due to medical advances and healthier lifestyles. For example, fewer people smoke today and, generally, all of us are diet- and exercise-conscious.

Ideally, you were able to shorten or abbreviate this information into concise, meaningful notes. Following are some suggested notes for this information.

1. The computer terminals must be turned off every evening at 6 o'clock.

CT off 6 PM ea. nite.

2. The cost of your hospitalization insurance will be reduced by increasing your deductible.

Hosp. cost by ded.

3. The last war the United States was involved in was World War II. Since then, the other conflicts might be called acts of war.

Last US war = WW II. Others = acts of war.

4. The government may increase Social Security benefits by means of increased Social Security taxes. Increased taxes are an important consideration for every senior citizen.

SS ben. per SS taxes. Import. for seniors.

5. People buy life insurance to protect against the risk of premature death. They purchase annuities to protect against the risk of living too long. It is estimated that by the year 2045, there will be more than 1 million people age 100 or older. We are living longer due to medical advances and healthier lifestyles. For example, fewer people smoke today and, generally, all of us are diet- and exercise-conscious.

Life Ins. - risk premature death. Annuities - risk living too long. 2045 - 1 mil. age 100+. Reasons = med. adv, fewer smoke, diet & ex.