One day in 2000 I was offered a very cool job recommended for people who had a knowledge of linguistics and experience playing the piano. It involved using machine shorthand to create closed captioning transcripts for television programs. Since I love TV and anything involving language, I was immediately intrigued and didn’t hesitate to accept the offer.
When I was in university, I was always the last person to leave the room during a final exam. I could be the only one sitting there, the invigilator could be yawning, and a janitor could be starting to sweep under the desks, but I wouldn’t leave until the time was up. I wanted to be sure I had checked all my answers so I could get as many right as possible…