Sweet Shorthand

I found a post here that included pictures of Sweet shorthand, and it’s very pleasing to the eye. The only problem is I can’t for the life of me decipher the example text using the key provided. I just can’t discern the individual letter shapes in the word forms and break them up.

sample text: http://www.msnusers.com/GreggShorthand/msgattachments/277
key: http://www.msnusers.com/GreggShorthand/msgattachments/276

Does anyone have any insights or resources to offer?

Thanks 🙂

(by erik for everyone)

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  1. Hi Erik,   I believe it was me that posted the example originally 🙂   It was once a popular passage for shorthand texts to use.  The first four lines read:   Characteristics of the Age / The_peculiar and distinguishing characteristics of the_present age are in every respect remarkable.  Unquestionably an / extraordinary and universal change has commenced in the_internal as well as the_external world – in / the_mind of man as well as in the_habits of society, the one indeed being the_necessary consequence of the other.   (The slashes show the end of a line, and the underlining shows where words were joined together)   At this level, Sweet's shorthand is highly – though logically –  abbreviated, so it's no surprise you were unable to translate it!  In phonetic(ish) writing, the first line reads:   ka-iks of the_aij th-peky and dis-sh-ing ka-iks of the_ps ej ah in vri re rahk-ble. euvl shenj es con-ensd in the_intl es wel es the_eksl wld – in …etc   Unfortunately, I don't think the book has yet made it's way online.   Hope that helps a little!   Ian

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