jnt jnd; pnt pnd

I was wondering if anyone has elected to use the original symbols for “J” and “nt” for “jnt” instead of blending them into the standard Gregg form for “jnt,” which resembles an arch.    I prefer to use the original symbols, joining them at the bottom, since later, when I’m reading my notes, I can tell immediately whether “jnd” or “pnd” has been intended.  With the standard Gregg “arch” blend, it becomes necessary to stop for a moment and determine which combination of letters was intended.  Comments?   

(by nippersnick1 for everyone)

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  1. If it helps somewhat, only a few words start with these blends:   1.  gender 2.  gentle and its derivatives (genteel, gentleman, etc.) 3.  pendant and its derivatives (pendency, pending, pendulum, etc.) 4.  penetrate and its derivatives 5.  words that start with the prefix pent- or penta-, such as pentagon, pentagram, penthouse 6.  the name Pendleton   Also, only a few words have the blend in the middle or at the end:   1.  repent, carpenter, spent 2.  regent, cogent, contingent, diligent (in Simplified), tangent, exigent, indigent, intransigent, magenta, pageant, refulgent, resurgent, insurgent 3.  impend, stipend, spend, depend, independent (in Simplified), suspend (in Simplified), append, expend, and their derivatives 4.  agenda, legend 5.  past tenses: opened, dampened, ripened, cheapened, happened 6.  spindle 7.  rampant   There are only three groups of words that are written exactly the same:   1.  pent, gent, and gentlemen 2.  spend, spent 3.  repend, regent   Blends are designed for speed.  Every time you make an angle (like in DJS), you loose speed.  Write the blended words and you will realize that you can read them immediately.  There shouldn't be any confusion.

  2. I looked them up in my Simplified dictionary:   Pants = p-a-nt-s   Pound = p-n   Personally, I would have gone with p-nt-s and p-nd but how many times are  you going to encounter pants in polite dictation? Unless you're working in at Moores?

  3. The syllables "pant-" and "pand-" do not form a blend: you need to write the "a" (for example: "expand", "pantaloon").  All derivatives of "pound", like "compound", do not form blends.  Also, the word "punt" is written as "p – n – t" (no blend) because of legibility: you can think it as a derivative of "pun", which is written "p – n".

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