Steno Tips

Keith Vincent, CSR
Tel. +1 (713)429-5473



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If you’re a steno writer, you can probably think of many common words or phrases that just “eat your lunch.”  For example, “reviewing” is a word that comes up all the time.  I don’t want to write it in three steno strokes if there’s a one-stroker available.  So on each new job I do, I look for words that slow me down.  While I’m on the job, I create a new dictionary entry and start using it in real time so that it really gets into my fingers.   

I think this is an area where steno writers can help each other.  So I’m creating a “Steno Tips” section of this website.  Like the “e-Tips,” the “Steno Tips” will be free; and I’ll be happy to credit anyone who contributes.  For example, “Great Medical Shortcuts from Sue Smith.”  (You can also contribute anonymously, if you prefer.)

Now, I’m not trying to sell any particular theory of steno writing, and I’d be happy to add references to your favorite book of shortcuts.  The point is to offer a place where reporters, scopists, captioners, and even students can share shortcuts that they find helpful in the real world, as opposed to quickies for exotic phrases that come up so rarely that by the time you remember the shortcut, you could have already written out the multi-stroker. 

Perhaps a suggestion that appears here will just stimulate your creativity.  That’s good, too.  Anything that helps us improve our writing and reduce finger fatigue is worth sharing.

I maintain a “Steno Tips” file in PDF format.  You can download the PDF file, search for words, and print up all or part of the list.  I also make available a Total Eclipse dictionary that contains all the entries and variants.

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Many thanks to all who have contributed:
Cher Barron
Tracy Daniels
Mike Feuer
Donna Kanabay Harvey
Kim Hamm
Elsa Jorgensen
Steve Kosmata
Pavan LeMay
Ann Medis
James Moody
Chuck Motter
Kathy Nielsen
Dan Olarnick
Ann Rutar
Lisa Selby-Brood
Lorna Tyndall
Dede Vignovich

An Anonymous Tip (handy for Federal Courts):
superseding indictment:  SEUD
superseding indictments:  SEUDZ

Thanks to Pavan LeMay for these:
"Object" phrases:  J+
"Object as" phrases:  JA+
"Object to the" phrases:  JE+
"Objection" phrases:  JO+
"Objection to the" phrases:  JOE+

Object.  Form.   SKWR-FPL  (j-fm)
Object.  Leading.  SKWR-LG  (j-lg)
Object.  Nonresponsive.   SKWR-PBS  (j-ns)
Object.  Form of the question.   SKWR-FPLGS  (j-fmgs)
Object.  Sidebar.   SKWR-BS  (j-bs)

Object as to form.  SKWRAFPL  (jafm)
Object as leading.   SKWRALG  (jalg)
Object as nonresponsive.   SKWRAPBS  (jans)

Object to the form.   SKWREFPL  (jefm)
Object to the responsiveness.   SKWREPBS  (jens)
Object to the form of the question.  SKWREFPLGS  (jefmgs)
Object to the sidebar.   SKWREBS  (jebs)

Objection.  Form.   SKWROFPL  (jofm)
Objection.  Leading.   SKWROLG  (jolg)
Objection.  Nonresponsive.   SKWROPBS  (jons)
Objection.  Form of the question.  SKWROFPLGS  (jofmgs)
Objection.  Sidebar.   SKWROBS  (jobs)
SKWROBZ:  jobz

Object to the form.   SKWROEFPL  (joefm)
Object to the form of the question.   SKWROEFPLGS  (joefmgs)
Object to the sidebar.   SKWROEBS  (joebs)

Thanks to Steve Kosmata for these:
ORPB - Objection, your Honor

Thanks to Chuck Motter for these
As a Total Eclipse user, Chuck includes a conditional comma
in each of these dictionary entries.
For example:  {,?}you know{,}
If a comma or the start of a sentence
translates immediately before {,?}you know{,}
Total Eclipse will not insert an unnecessary comma here.
all of a sudden = HR-FS
among other things = PHOEUPBGS
at the end of the day, = TEFPBD
believe it or not = PWHRAOEFRPBT
by the same token = PWOEBG
did there come a time = TKROBGT
did there ever come a time = TKROFRPBGT
due to the fact = TKABGT
first and foremost = TPEURPLT
for crying out loud = TPHROUD
if anything = -FG
in and of itself = TPHAFTS
in and of themselves = TPHAFZ
in any event = TPHEFPBT
inasmuch as = TPHAFPS
in effect = TPHEFBGT
in essence = TPHEPBS
in fact = TPHAFBGT
in general = TPH-PBLG
in other words = TPHOERDZ
in part = TPHART
in the meantime = TPHAOEPLT
in your own words = TPHURPBS
is it fair = ST-FR
is it fair to say = ST-FRTS
lo and behold = HROEBLD
more than likely - PHORPBL
right off the bat = ROFBT
once again = WUG
once and for all = WUFRL
once in a while = WUPBLS
once upon a time = WUPT
quite frankly = KWAEPBL
quite honestly = KWOPBL
 , quote-unquote, = KWOEPB
so forth and so on = SWO*RT
this, that, and the other = THOERT
to be honest = TPWOPBS
to be honest with you = TPWU
to make a long story short = THRORT
to tell you the truth = THRAO*UT

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