Keys for Shorthand in Gregg Writer & Today’s Secretary

From 1920 through 1960, the English keys for the shorthand plates in the Gregg Writer and Today’s Secretary only appeared in The American Shorthand Teacher (1920-1950) and Business Education World (1950-1990). Scans of every issue of The American Shorthand Teacher and Business Education World are available as separate magazine issues on the Internet Archive. (They…

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Shorthandly on YouTube

I just noticed a 40-part Gregg shorthand series of short videos on YouTube by Shorthandly.  I haven’t checked to see which Gregg edition is being presented.  This is a great development, though!  Check out the playlist here.

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The Monroe Doctrine

These famous words occur in President’s Monroe message to Congress on December 2, 1823. The words were brought forth by the fear that European powers, most of which were at the time wedded to monarchical ideas, might attempt to acquire territory in South America and extend their political ideas. Some of the South American states…

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Patriotism Needs Intelligence

General Francis Marion (1732-1795) served in the American Revolutionary War. His irregular methods of warfare became well known, and he is considered one of the fathers of modern guerrilla and maneuver warfare. He is credited in the lineage of the Green Berets of the U.S. Army. His biography The Life of General Francis Marion by…

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President Washington’s Receptions

William Sullivan (1774-1839) was a prominent Boston lawyer, Federalist politician, and author. Sullivan was admitted to the Massachusetts Bar in 1795, served on the Massachusetts General Court (1804-1830), and was a delegate to the Massachusetts Constitutional Convention (1830). From 1830, he devoted most of his career to writing about political institutions of the United States….

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None vs Noon

Why is the word “none” written as “n-u-n” in Anniversary and  Pre-anniversary dictionaries and in 5000 Must Used Shorthand Forms.  In compound words “none” is always written “n-o-n”, so I would think that for consistency, as well as to differentiate from “noon”, none should always be written “n-o-n”.  A snapshot from the dictionary appears below. …

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Ethics of Transcribing Shorthand for Others

I’m curious what others think about transcribing, say, journals and letters written in shorthand for someone who isn’t the original owner of those items.  We sometimes see pleas for such help.  Do you think it’s ethical?  Obviously, such persons who take the trouble to write a journal or letter in shorthand most likely have a…

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