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A form of shorthand that uses letters of the alphabet instead of symbols.

speed′writ′er n.
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(Printing, Lithography & Bookbinding) trademark a form of shorthand in which alphabetic combinations are used to represent groups of sounds or short common words
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(ˈspidˌraɪ tɪŋ)

a system of shorthand utilizing letters of the alphabet.
[1920–25; formerly a trademark]
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Other renditions of the voyage draw from Dunbar's private letters to emphasize his impoverished speedwriting after his literary agent's flight to Paris, or the tension between his secret engagement to Alice Ruth Moore and his admitted attraction to English emissaries of "Bacchus and ...
For each chapter, Cecil (California State U., Sacramento) provides step-by-step instructions for fluency-building classroom activities like sing-alongs, readers' theatre, and speedwriting. Activities can be modified for grade/skill level, and many are appropriate for use with English language learners.
When I was a child, I remember seeing in trolley cars in Boston an advertisement in which a secretarial school promised "gd jbs w hi pa" to those who enrolled in its speedwriting classes.
Using my own-fashioned speedwriting, I jotted down everything that was said and done, including who wanted what and why.
Raters then completed four ratings each on 46 concrete job behavior descriptions (e.g., "Types draft or final copy from shorthand, speedwriting or recording devices, edits and corrects copy as needed") developed as part of an ongoing program of applied research and development undertaken by the trade association.