5000 Most-Used Shorthand Forms

I have been working hard to learn the Gregg Shorthand Anniversary Edition forms for about a month or two.  I looked in the back and front of 5000 M.U.S.F. (subject title) to find out what 1-ing, 2-ing, or 5-ing means (for example on page 1).   Does anybody know?

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  1. It's a great question.  The numbering system is a little perplexing at first glance, and it's interesting that there is no explanation in the book.   Remember that the "5,000 Most Used Shorthand Forms" book corresponds directly to the Anniversary Manual.  So, for example, on page 1 "Chapter I", "Unit 1", and section "2" relate directly to the manual, and in fact the section headings (such as "2.  The consonants are arranged in pairs, according to their affinity of sound, and are distinguished by a difference in length:") are direct quotes from the manual section headings.   In each list of words, each word has a number 1-5 in front of it.  These are frequency rankings:  i.e., whether the word is in the 1st 1,000, 2nd 1,000, 3rd 1,000, 4th 1,000, or 5th 1,000 words according to frequency of usage.  So the number "1" words are the 1,000 most frequently used (according to Dr. Horn's study).   In section 11, for example, you have a 1 in front of "hear".  Then immediately below that, and indented, is "2-ing".  That means that the form "hearing" is in group 2, not group1.  Similarly with a 2 in front of "lay"–it is in the second 1,000 words–and the "5-ing" immediately below means "laying" is in group 5, less frequently used.   I guess the publisher thought readers would intuitively understand this labeling system, but I don't think it's transparent.   The index even divides the words up into 1a and 1b, 2a and 2b, etc., with an explanation that "2b . . . means that the word . . . occurs in the second half of the second thousand words in order of frequency . . . "   Alex

  2. I am studiously soaking up the Anniversary books and thanking all who helped me so far.   I am in quandry.  In 88. Brief Forms For Common Words  "Immediate" is    and "immediately" is also transcibed   as I looked it up in the Anniversary Dictionary.   So I was thinking that words like "flowers" in the 5,000 MUSF would look like:   Is it really   Please explain.

  3. Immediate and immediately are brief forms represented by the same outline in Anniversary and earlier versions. But in later versions, the e – m – e represents "immediate" only.

    Flours, flowers, and floors have the same outline: f – l – r – left s, with the f and l in a blend. You need to add the s because you want to express the plural.

  4. sometimes brief forms, etc., represent the same outline for several words and word versions.  That's why the Anniversary has such a high menory load, there are tons like that.  The only way to know the outline for sure is from the sentence and paragraph and figure out the meaning.  Since Immediate is a brief form, it is written different then if it was written in full and so the rule is that another word can have the same outline as that.  Luckily it's pretty much the same word and not some other word.  Debbi

  5. Hi pureLoans,   Hope you don't mind my jumping in …   "So how did you know?  Thinking that "immediately" was a variation just like "weekly". Is there some passage in the 5,000 MUSF that I missed learning about in first 3 chapters?"   If you go to the Anniversary Edition PDF file, in 80. on the bottom of page 58 of the PDF file and page 43 of the actual page number of the book, it states: The prefixes con, com, coun, cog, followed by a consonant, are expressed by k.  The suffix ly is expressed by a small circle; ily and ally, by a loop: [then it shows some examples].   Jumping down to PDF page 61 (Anniv ed page 45), it shows in # 88. BRIEF FORMS FOR COMMON WORDS that immediate and immediately use the same Brief Form which, as you noted graphically, is   Hope I didn't misunderstand your question and answer session here — if I'm off base just let me know   BTW, how do you get those neat little Gregg outlines? Is there a font somewhere that I'm missing? …   John Simi Valley, CA    

  6. Thanks.  Everyone is welcome to join this discussion.    As far as how do I "get those neat little Gregg outlines? Is there a font somewhere that I'm missing? …"   There is a free program call "Jans Painter" that I downloaded.  Hope you find it.

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