It’s not a shorthand

Information content (as calculated from the entropy or “repetitivity” of the VM) is about two plaintext letters per ciphertext word (which consists on average of roughly 5 letters, depending on your transcription choice). This means that the encipherment process has “bloated” the plaintext.

Shorthand does exactly the opposite thing: Repeated string sequences are replaced with a single token, hence shorthand should tend to increase the information content and “compress” the ciphertext.

The fact that some VM letters resemble common shorthand symbols doesn’t mean that these letters were used as shorthand.

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