Cold notes

I’ve found that Pitmaniacs insiste that notes in Gregg grow cold and are difficult to read.  And the opposite opinion from Geggoists – Pitman is difficlut to read and notes grow cold quickly.
One thing I would love to do in Shorthand is to keep a ‘memory’ journal.  You know, a who did what to whom and when and what they said sort of thing.  Does anybody keep jopournals in Anniversary?  Are they easy to read back?
Michael K.

(by wordsigner for everyone)

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  1. A good question. I can't wait to hear from members who have actually done shorthand long enough to have cold notes. Ms. Letha once posted some meeting minutes she had scrawled down in Diamond Jubilee in the 1980's; I could read them fine, and that was when I was even more of a beginner that I am now.

    Praise the Lord, I saw the light line!

  2. I have notes I wrote in the 1970s and I can still read them.   Well-written shorthand can be read no matter how much time passes.  It can even be read by other people who write the same system.  Poorly written notes can barely be read after the dictation has ended (and is fresh in the mind) let alone after time has passed.   Poorly written shorthand has many sources:  dictation which is too fast, difficult material with too many unfamiliar words or foreign words or technical words, not knowing one's theory well, etc.   On that last point, Pitman writers, given their complicated shorthand theory, basically had it "beaten" into them.  In contrast, some Gregg writers have a tendency to create stuff "on the fly," then fail to remember what they did or what an outline means.  (Can you tell I don't buy the "if you can read it, it's OK" school of thought?)   Regardless of which system you use, if you write according to theory, you'll be able to read it without a problem, no matter how much time has passed!   Just my $0.02.   Marc  

  3. I have Gregg (DSJ) from college in the very early 1980s that I can read without difficulty. And I have medical Gregg from about 1983 onward that I can likewise read without difficulty.   Before Gregg, I used Speedwriting in junior high school, high school, and college. I kept a journal in 8th grade, and I transcribed it without difficulty 24 years later.   I think Gregg gets cold more slowly than Pitman because Gregg write most vowels. Systems, like Speedwriting, that omit most (short) vowels go cold fast. I believe Pitman falls somewhere in between. Pitman has the theory to mark very fine gradations of vowels, but Pitman writers omit vowels in common words or during rapid writing.   Brian

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