Hi all,
I see in Lesson 41 of the Simplified manual that there are words that can be abbreviated that aren’t in families:
reluctant/reluctance – reluk
privilege – priv
anniversary – aniv
convenience – kven
and so on. Are they hangovers from Anniversary’s abbreviating principle? And for Anniversary writers: how do you decide how much to write to give you an outline that you’ll be able to read back?  Doesn’t working that out slow you down?

(by kevinwal for everyone)

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  1. The short answer is yes: those words are part of the application of the abbreviating principle.  How does one decide how much to write?  There are no fast rules.  One has to memorize, practice, and study.  During dictation, you want to write everything down, no matter how: that's the number one rule.  If you do that, it should not slow you down, because (1) if you don't know a word, you spell the outline completely, and (2) at transcription, you would be able to read your outline or guess by context.    However, at study time, both for penmanship and vocabulary building, is when you memorize the new outlines.  Compare your work and circle those words in previous dictation sessions that you were not sure about — check them in the dictionary.  Once you memorize, though, it should come naturally in both dictation and transcription.  But again, you need to study!   Later on, in reporting, the abbreviating principle is taken to new heights.  You will see even more abbreviations, even abbreviations on brief forms!!!!

  2. Brian – why are you such a fan of Simplified? Is it because of the medical shorthand? I remember you said you switched, but can't remember what from. Was it Anniversary? Do you mix them?   Some things I've seen appeal to me, like the reversed circle to express 'r'.  It's a shame that's not in Simplified.   Kevin

  3. You're right: I actually switched twice. I used Speedwriting from my mother's books, which I taught myself in 6th grade. This served me well throughout junior high, high school, and college.   In my senior year of college, I switched to Gregg because Gregg's medical shorthand had been perfected to a point that greatly surpassed Speedwriting. I started out dabbling in DJS because that was then current (circa 1981). I didn't look seriously at the medical side of Gregg until I was accepted into medical school in late 1982 and then as I was preparing matriculation in 1983. DJS has only a dictionary of medical terms; it didn't have a comphrensive manual of medical shorthand.   The first Gregg medical shorthand manual was prepared by Effie Smither and was published in 1927. The last edition of this work, Gregg Medical Shorthand Manual and Dictionary,  was appeared in the late 1950s. Thus, Simplified was the last version of Gregg for which a comphrensive series of books were published. (See also: Root and Byers, The Medical Secretary, 1960.) So, it made sense to switch to Simplified. About the only form from DJS that I still use is 'manufacture,' which in DJS is the brief form men-f but in Simplified was written out in full: men-u-f-a-k-t-r   Simplified also has some extra abbreviating principles, which I prefer over DJS. Since 1998, I have been using Expert Shorthand Speed Course–Simplied; and this make use of some of the forms that were used in earlier editions. Other additions to my method include adaptation of some court reporting. Court reporting and Congressional reporting are very highly abbreviated. The phrase 'to practice medicine' in court reporting is phrased as a single outline: t-prk-m. 'In my opinion' is (again one phrase): mem-broken i-p-n.   I would probably have liked the earlier version of Gregg if I had encountered them and learned them initially. The additional abbreviating principles would valuable for a serious student with a number of years to devote to the endeavor. My father learned shorthand in the early 1930s and my mother in the early 1940s; my mother learned to omit 'r' by reversing the direction of the preceding vowel. I have actually considered changing–albeit not seriously–to one of the pre-Simplified versions, but I'm too set in my ways after 22 years of taking medical Simplified.       Brian

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