|Sit down, relax and keep talking.|
The person behind is studying shorthand.
* Insert the vowel in "lads" and "ladies" to prevent misreading
* "counter" is doubled but written this way here in order to join to the next word
* "would not have" Write separately, to prevent it looking like "would never", or, if it has already been written, insert the vowel in "not" to clarify
|I Spy a train full of dictators|
* "-ary" when it means not moving, liked a pARked cAR, "-ery" when stationery means papER
My third attempt at amusing* myself with the surrounding words was to write in mental shorthand the constantly repeated announcement giving a list of destinations. This was not as easy as it first seemed, being almost entirely place names which needed more thinking about than normal sentences. I could either follow the announcer's voice or look at the information board with the scrolling list of stations. The board was not easy to follow as it was further down the carriage and the words formed by lighted dots moving from right to left* were hard to read rapidly. The voice was much easier but I think I would have done better if I had actually been writing them on paper, not being distracted by dotty words or surroundings, and I am sure I would have written most of them in two or three pieces, one mark for each syllable.
* Always insert vowel in amazing/amusing and derivatives
* Omission phrase "right (to) left"
|Countdown to success|
(Uxbridge Station, SW London)
* Omits the N "tra(n)slated"
* Insert the vowel, so it does not look like "masses" which has the same meaning