What is the appropriate way to make shortcuts for phrases like ‘on the other hand’? I tried imap otoh on the other hand, but that produces an undesireable lag after all os.

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Take a look at :help abbreviations:

iabbrev otoh on the other hand

You can use UltiSnips generic snippet plugin. In this you can do something like.

snippet otoh "Some description" b
on the other hand
  • This is like using a ballistic missile to kill a mouse. Vim has builtin support for abbreviations. Sep 30, 2015 at 12:06
  • No harm done when you atleast know that you kill a mouse a by that :)
    – CodeYogi
    Sep 30, 2015 at 12:14

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