What do you call a word with vowels removed as a form of abbreviation? Often, when using this form of abbreviation, the initial vowel is kept intact.

Example: asterisk -> astrsk

This is sometimes informally known as disemvowelling, but I'm looking for a more technical term.

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    Why do you think such a technical term exists? Aug 9 '17 at 18:15
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    I don't. It may not. I'd like to know if it does not.
    – vaer-k
    Aug 9 '17 at 18:15
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    Spdwrtng is a variety of shorthand that consists mostly of cnsnnts. Aug 9 '17 at 18:40
  • This is a form of abbreviation - is that the word you're looking for? It seems that removing vowels is a way to shorten a word and still retain it's understandability. Aug 9 '17 at 18:41
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    Disemvoweled? Not always a useful technique--> Dsmvwld. Aug 9 '17 at 18:43

This is a version of the Pitman method of writing shorthand, where vowels are are optional when the word can be determined by just it's consonants. The Pitman method itself is more complicated and should not be confused with the simple action of removing the vowels. There are symbols for all the vowels, which can be found online, and help with identifying the words.

  • I'm afraid "to my knowledge" doesn't cut it on SE for an answer. Why should anyone rely on such an assertion by someone they do not know? And as a scientist I wouldn't even accept the opinion of a Nobel laureate without supporting data.
    – David
    Aug 9 '17 at 19:45
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    @David you're quite right, I've updated my answer after some quick research, your feedback would definitely be appreciated.
    – Max
    Aug 9 '17 at 19:52
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    You should provide a link from "Pitman method of wiriting shorthand" to e.g. the Wikipedia page. I have done this for you in one of the ways available on SE — [linked text](url). I haven't read the article, but Pitmann shorthand looks far more complex than this. You might state that explicitly.
    – David
    Aug 9 '17 at 20:23
  • I've also read that old Roman inscriptions frequently omitted vowels, though I suspect that the "rules" were more complicated than that.
    – Hot Licks
    Aug 9 '17 at 21:16

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