There’s just this one last outline…

Hi, folks.  Two days ago, I finished going over every single word in my Simplified manual.
It was a truly emotional moment for me, to finally get there after a year and seven months.
Rarely has a hobby kept my interest for so long; but well, I suppose it’s because Gregg shorthand is more than a mere hobby to me now.
But, there’s this one outline that I simply cannot read!  Usually I would go back to something I didn’t get the first time, and it would eventually come to me, but this one has got me stumped.
It’s in lesson 65 of the Simplified second edition, passage #530.  It looks like “mm-r”.
Here’s the sentence: When you use our lists, you have the assurance that your message is being delivered to those merchants throughout the country who are for your goods–and to nobody else.
Words I considedered were: manner, manor, manure, mummer.  They don’t seem to make sense, though maybe my knowledge of English usage is insufficient?  Or maybe it’s a phrase?  Or have I got the sentence wrong? 
I suspect that it’s something quite basic; any help would be truly appreciated!

(by martha707 for everyone)

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  1. Thanks Chuck, your encouragement has always been motivating, ever since you first welcomed me to the group.   And thanks also to all you kind people out there who patiently answered my oftentimes ridiculous questions.   There was something everyone said, and it was that when I was more advanced, I would understand why. And now I see how true that is.  Actually, I think it was when I stopped asking questions and just learned it that it became more comfortable.   Now it's time to call in Cepstral Diane to help me build speed.   No, I will not stop!   Martha   (By the way, I'm not making sense up there, am I; if it's "n-m-r", there's no reason for it to be longer than "mm", hmm.)

  2. "in the market" has to be correct. I have the book, and I tried to figure it out for over an hour before I gave up. I feel defeated! 🙁

    Frankly, I would not recommend that outline unless you use "in the market" really often. You simply will not remember it. Market (m-r) in Simplified ceased to be a brief form in Jubilee (which writes it out as m-a-r-c-e-t). However, I like the brief form.

  3. It's comforting to know I wasn't the only one! But in my case, I'd forgotten that "market" was a brief form, so I was entirely clueless.   Incidentally, if I ever come across the phrase "in the market", I'm sure I'll be able to write it without hesitation. Thanks to this discussion it has become firmly imprinted in my brain.   And… I need to go over my brief forms again.        

  4. Laughing at myself, for I never completed self-study with the DJS books as after completing the first dozen or so pages in the (then-new ca. 1972 book) I was so put off by the eliminations of briefs and the abortive way of writing the "u" and "o" hooks rather than tucking them neatly into the strokes as one does in Simpified & earlier, I had not realized so many brief forms had been altered or changed. I believe "m-r" was always "Mr./market" from pre-Anniversary through Simplified.

    It's easy for me to be glib, I suppose, as in high school ca. 1958 – 1960 we drilled so much with brief forms that, much to my shock a few years ago when I started to practice Gregg after a 3-decade absence, those abbreviations remained affixed to my senior memory.

    Even now I do occasionally practice the brief forms, mainly from the charts and vocabulary drills in Gregg Speed Building for Colleges (Anniversary mid-40's edition) which does contain a wealth of interesting reading material. That book, Gregg Speed Studies Third Edition, and the Anniversary edition of the Expert Course, along with some of the literature published in shorthand and bits of The Gregg Writer comprise most of my casual Gregg reading.

    Best wishes to those of you who are embarking on the study of Gregg, really a very interesting method of writing which if mastered will repay you with the pleasure of being able to take accurate notes.

  5. I guess I anticipated you (chuckle) as that's one of the first M-R derivities that came to my mind when I was listing ways to use M-R. I don't know if this would help anyone learning the brief forms but in school we were told to say aloud what each outline stood for when we were practicing them, hence I always "think" BE-BY-BUT when I see B standing alone and mentally fill in the appropriate word by context. All those drills paid off years afterwards! LOL.

  6. Just to add a little: "in the market" is written "men – r", while "on the market" is written "o – men – r". This will help you remember both phrases.

    Out of a ranking of 500 common business phrases, "in the market" ranks 405.

    Here are some other great phrases with "market":

    1. market price: "m – r – intersected p"
    2. market value: "m – r – intersected v"
    3. money market: "men – e – m – r"
    4. bear market: "b – reversed a – m – r"
    5. market orders: "m – r – o – d – s"
    6. stock market: "right s – t – intersected m"
    7. present market value: "p – r – m – r – intersected v"
    8. open market: "o – p – n – m – r"

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