Functional Anni manual question

I hate to make a whole thread just for this, but I can’t for the life of me figure out a sentence. On page 467 of the second book, section 391., the first part of the first sentence makes no sense to me:

The leader f-tm-b (for the time being?) who have e-m-a-b (he maybe?) s b a (is by a?) instrument to be used until broken and then cast aside;

I must be missing something obvious, because no other sentences in the books so far have so thoroughly confused me.

Thanks for your help!

(by niftyboy1 for everyone)

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  1. Wow.  Excellent job!  It really is a hard sentence . . . not exactly the kind of thing you'd hear anyone say in normal conversation.   I think the difficulty is increased because (at least in my copy) the outlines aren't 100% clear.  Or maybe it's just my 50+-year-old eyesight . . . .   Getting help with these kinds of problems is completely appropriate for a group like this one.  It's great to have a place to ask the question.   Alex

  2. Checking the referenced page I saw this little excerpt credited to Roosevelt really exemplifies the extent Anniversary made of shortcuts in phrasing. Since I joined this group last year, I began keeping a shorthand journal periodically while reviewing the 1945 Expert book … probably anyone (after I go to my "great reward", hopefully several decades from now) trying to read my current notes would be puzzled by phrases like A-M-S-O-S-A (I am sorry to say), A-G-A-M (I gave him), or M-A-M-U-TH (my mother) which seem to come to hand automatically. The last query has prompted me to use Volume 2 of the Anniversary Functional Manual for additional review and practice.

    In truth Anniversary has so many uses of the abbreviating principle for both phrases and single words, in a few years if one has not spent a lot of time studying and practicing the material a lot of the printed shorthand may be extremely difficult to decipher. Perhaps because of my age the type of vocabulary used in political speeches (such as the Roosevelt referred to above) seems to flow naturally, but I suspect it appears very artificial to younger readers.

    The opportunities this board offers to ask questions about outlines and phrases in Gregg are great. I always enjoy my visits to see what the current topics are.

  3. A good book that would help cement those phrases in the brain is "Functional Method Dictation." The first lessons present material with tons of those stereotypical phrases. For example, the first sentence of the first letter has 24 actual words, but it is written with 11 strokes. Out of those 11 strokes, 7 are phrases. The first 5 assignments were designed as a review of brief forms and phrases. The rest of the assignments of the book (84 assignments total) contain at least one letter reviewing brief forms and phrases, and the rest of the letters in each assignment introducing new vocabulary. By the end of the book, you should be able to tackle those strange stereotypical phrases. Overall, I think it's a pretty good book.

  4. Thanks – would you believe I just looked it up and have already purchased the teacher's key? It's not that I'm desperate for a key but occasionally an outline comes up which just doesn't clarify itself even over a night's sleep. Am so pleased with the 1945 Expert book that I obtained last may, I've been slowly working my way through it. The new briefs are simply fantastic … and fairly easy to remember with all the drills and exercises.

  5. Because I ordered the key to Functional Method Dictation today, I pulled the book from the shelf which I had not looked at in probably half a year. Surprised I saw in the first unit many phrasing shortcuts that I've automatically been using for some time. Just goes to show that reading well-written shorthand helps impress the outlines on your memory and aid in recalling them when needed!

  6. I'm not in the market for that particular book, but I am curious where you found a copy so quickly . . . Not a very common title.  Most of these "keys" were little paperbound volumes, and I think they haven't lasted in any great quantity.   Alex

  7. Using "Functional Method Dictation" in the search field on Amazon, several items come up from Amazon resellers. I was surprised too and hope it actually is the key. I should know in a week or so. Just received the September 1931 issue of The Gregg Writer which will satisfy that gnawing need for fresh (?) Anniversary material for a while. LOL!

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