,pl.notarikonim (from Gk notarikon,“shorthand”) a method of interpretation that takes each letter of a word as the initial letter of another word, thereby creating a phrase that is treated as the full meaning intended by the word; also breaking a word into constituent parts and interpreting those parts in order to reveal a hidden meaning within the original word. For example, rabbinic interpretation treated the first word of the Decalogue, ʾanokhi(the longer word for “I”), as an acronym for the Aramaic sentence ʾanaʾ ketavit yehavit,“I [God] wrote it [and] gave it.”