Where Did the Term “Minutes” Come From For the Shorthand Notes Taken at a Business Meeting?

The reason why the written records of a meeting are called the minutes is because, in order to keep up, the minute-taker wrote in a shorthand or abbreviation.

The word used to describe this condensed writing was minute (my-noot), meaning “small,” and because the spelling is the same, the minutes (my-noots) became minutes.

The same circumstances apply to Frederick Chopin’s Minute Waltz.

It’s really his small or minute (my-noot) waltz.

Shorthand is a method of rapid handwriting using simple strokes, abbreviations, or symbols that designate letters, words, or phrases, and is often used for minutes at business meetings.