ronbutters at AOL.COM ronbutters at AOL.COM
Mon Jan 24 01:30:22 UTC 2011

Thanks for checking, Ben. There are people around who want to learn it, I suppose it is not taught as a regular thing in business classes in high school. This adds even more emphasis to Victor's suggestion that the " metaphorical" sense is no longer secondary for many people--and my point that this is not anything particularly new.

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On Jan 23, 2011, at 8:02 PM, Ben Zimmer <bgzimmer at BABEL.LING.UPENN.EDU> wrote:

> On Sun, Jan 23, 2011 at 7:56 PM,  <ronbutters at> wrote:
>> "learn shorthand" gets 1.25 million raw Google hits. Not what one would
>> expect for an allegedly nearly extinct enterprise.
> In quotation marks, it gets "about 17,300."
> Google's Ngram Viewer suggests a precipitous fall since c. 1955.
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