Convergent Series

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I took the challenge, and read this one too!

Posted by C Scheftic on 2018/04/10

The last time I noticed some shorthand in a “classic” Peanuts comic strip, a little over two years ago, I found it easy to read as soon as I relaxed and noticed places where the “code” matched the “text” next to it. So I began to just focus on reading the symbols before I’d confirm my reading by looking at the text. And then, once my brain was back into reading that, it was easy to also decode the opening and closing parts that were not duplicated in text.

This week’s strip (which I finally got around to reading tonight…) posed a little more of a challenge: none of the shorthand, though brief, was translated in the text! But, after a few false starts, I did decode it.

After many years of not reading shorthand regularly, when I encounter any now I tend to start with the simplest words, just to get my mind back into that groove, and then go back to fill in the gaps. I was thrown by this one, at first, because what I initially read as “took” turned out to be “to the” and what I was trying to read as either “ear” or “year” turned out to be “your” …. Yes, part of reading shorthand does involve context!

My key to this one turned out to be the “w” sounds, which I found particularly funny because, the last time, a missing “w” sound was the one place that threw me (what I saw as setter made more sense if read as sweater). Here, it was the presence of three “w” sound symbols that kept me on track. (In my paper, the first one had even been printed with a bit of a blur, but nothing else made sense. That had to be what it was.)

Can you read the shorthand? If so, please let me know … just because it’d be nice to know if anyone else still in my life now also has that skill set in their background! If not, don’t worry, I’ll transcribe this bit at the end of this post, after you’ve seen the comic:


Snoopy dictates:
… your recent repairs to the roof of my dwelling are quite inadequate …

And now, I must get back to doing something productive…


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