Weekly Photo Challenge: Letters

my steno machine that I use to type with : )

Instead of showing you a picture of letters, whether of how the alphabet can be rendered in different shapes, fonts, or sizes, or of physical letters that you send through snail mail, let me show you how I “type” out letters on an everyday basis:  I use my stenograph!

A stenograph is a keyboard-like device where I use a shorthand theory to “stenotype” (we call it “write”) out words and phrases in strings of syllables and sounds.  I don’t type words out letter by letter.  This makes writing things out on my computer a lot faster than using a normal keyboard.  It’s how I can work as a stenographer and transcriptionist. 🙂

This also speaks further to how even though we may speak the same language, there are different ways of conveying language — speaking, writing, reading, body language, steno!

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34 Responses to Weekly Photo Challenge: Letters

  1. sckeane1977 says:

    Reblogged this on On reflection – in a world of thought and action and commented:
    Its amazing you learn something new everyday – how do I interact with a tool of this nature – what environment would it be found – a court room maybe just a guess
    who can tell me

  2. sckeane1977 says:

    I did short hand at school many moons ago my question is how to locate and share this tool with children learning about symbols language and sound

    • stenoodie says:

      Wow! That’s neat. What shorthand theory did you use? I know of one called Gregg.

      You can find second-hand stenographs online to purchase that will be a little cheaper than getting a brand new one.

      • sckeane1977 says:

        I cant be sure but I do remember that name on workbooks along wiyh pitmans we would write the short hand as a componate in our typing studies this would have been around the times that we were starting to learn about computer programming in the early ninties man makes me feel old we were only just starting to have contact with apple macs back then for programming and gaming all documents still required a typewriter so funny lookin back then and reflecting on the technology now

      • stenoodie says:

        Technology sure is amazing! 🙂 I recognize the name Pitman too for shorthand writing. Shorthand writing by pen is rather incredible too! Were you able to keep up with a lot of what was being said?

      • sckeane1977 says:

        Once I got the hang of the strokes just like the machine a word can be symbolised in one or two characters but you know if you dont use it you lose it and its been years since ive done short hand

      • stenoodie says:

        Ah, I see. I’m sure if you give it a go again, you’ll be surprised at how much you remember! 🙂

      • sckeane1977 says:

        I will have to search on line to maybe find one

      • stenoodie says:

        Let me know if you need any help or guidance! Probably e-mail is best: stenoodie@gmail.com

        Good luck in your search! 🙂

      • sckeane1977 says:

        Thanks will keep you in mind as I search the world wide web

  3. So interesting. Thanks for sharing the information as well as the photo.


  4. Jo Bryant says:

    love it…not that I would ever be able to use it

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  6. seeker says:

    That’s what they use in the courthouse.

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  9. 2812 photography says:

    This is quite frankly the most unique take on the theme I’ve seen so far. Very cool.

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  11. I never saw one of those. Not what I would have thought either.

    • stenoodie says:

      Ah, I’m glad that this post has educated you then. Have you seen this video before? Maybe this will shed a little more light on what a steno machine does:


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  14. galeweithers says:

    Thought this was a super interesting post especially since I never knew what tool stenographers used in steongraphing. Thanks for sharing and great interpretation of this week’s photo challenge 🙂

    • stenoodie says:

      Hi! Thank you so much for your comment! Yes, you are not the only one who doesn’t know what stenography is. It’s a small field that very few people know about. I like to talk about it whenever I can to expose it to people like you. 🙂 Have a great day!

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