Notarikon

Notarikon

Notarikon is a system of abbreviations by either shortening the words or by writing only one letter of each word.

Etymology

Derived from the Latin notaricus ('in shorthand')

History

In Kabbalism this is a mystic way of using words in the Bible to interpret that book. Notarikon utilizes the procedure of devising new words from combinations of the first and last letters of special words. This resembles two other different methods of gaining enlightenment called gematria and temurah.

Methods

Notarikon interprets every letter in a particular word as the abbreviation of a whole word. A second and later application of notarikon consists of breaking up a word into various components. At other times, a word is even transposed although the abbreviation for one of the derived words is missing.

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