Keyscript Shorthand


How does Keyscript work?

Keyscript employs only the ordinary lower case letters of the alphabet.  The letters are not shortened or modified in any way.

Basically, the vowels in a word are omitted, leaving only the consonants. 

The consonants are written phonetically, e.g. 'ph' is written as 'f'.  All consonant sounds are written with one letter: 
'ch', 'sh' & 'th' are 'c', 'j' & 'h' respectively.

The vowels, and the least common English consonants in the alphabet are used as 'indicators'.  An indicator shows a combination of consonants which occur frequently in English.  For example, in the word 'people', 'pl' is represented by the vowel 'i'.  So 'people' becomes 'pi'.  Combinations of various consonants with 't' 'd' 'l' 'r' & 's' are shown using indicators.

Common prefixes and suffixes are represented by one letter, e.g. 'self-' or '-self' is 's'.

There is a list of about 80 very common words that are written somewhat outside the rules of Keyscript so that they may: 1. be written with only one letter and 2. not be able to be confused with each other in context, for example, 'have' is 'v';  'he' is 'i' to distinguish it from 'they' which is 'h'.

Some other common words are contracted but are spelled with more than one letter, e.g. 'important' is 'mp'.

Where the spelling of two words in Keyscript would be the same, and they could be mistaken in context, one of these is written not quite according to rule, for example, 'amuse' is written as 'mus' to distinguish it from 'amaze', which is 'ms'.

Keyscript joins words together according to definite rules based on the natural flow of the English language, so 'I am' is 'ym'.

Notes on Keyscript for Students:  Lightning Guide

101 j.  Where ‘j’ is written instead of ‘s’, this is because these particular words have a vowel before or after the ‘s’ sound at the beginning or end of the word where there is no other consonant to take the vowel.  ‘s’ is an empty consonant – it cannot take a vowel before or after it, so it is reliant on the consonant before or after it to take it instead.  When there is no such consonant to take the vowel, ‘j = ess’ must be written instead.  ‘j’ is a full consonant, meaning that it can take a vowel both before and after it.

101 x.  ‘x’ is either ‘ks’ or ‘gs’.  I have dictated the use of each in Keyscript, which seems in line with general pronunciation.  Of course, the one letter ‘x’ would be quicker and simpler to write here, but ‘x’ has a far more important role in Keyscript, as Stages 2 & 3 will show.  Moreover, in some of these words the ‘s’ is substituted for a letter which combines the ‘s’ with what follows it, as will be seen in further Stages.

103.  ‘the’ is omitted in phrases in Keyscript.  A phrase is a combination of words, spoken together.  The ‘the’ occurs in the middle of a phrase with a word before and after it.  ‘The’ at the beginning of a sentence is not part of a phrase, and must be shown (as ‘h’).  ‘the’ very often occurs in phrases and omitting it, while still showing that it is there, is one of the major strengths of Keyscript, contributing both to the speed of writing and to its legibility. 

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