Disjoined Prefixes- The TR+vowel principle

I was glancing at the October 1927 issue of The Gregg Writer and noticed a “centerfold” ad written in shorthand for a magazine. Quickly reading the sales message I was impressed that “material” was written disjoined M-A above an L, which prompted me to pull out the 1916 Manual. Sure enough, disjoined MA represents MA plus a vowel in the TR following. In fact if you have access to the 1916 Manual whether or not you write Anniversary, Simplified or DJS you might seriously consider adopting all the pre-Anniversary prefixes and suffixes into your writing. They’re fairly ingenuous! For example, how many would recognize a disjoined PE written above S-N as the surname Peterson?

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  1. Feel free to brag. The disjoined prefix +TR (vowed) is a stunning idea and, if understood and practiced, should not cause difficulty in remembering.
    Speaking of the 1916 Manual, do you also follow the suggestion that it is not necessary to disjoin DE since the words you form with it make such a distinctive outline?
    Regarding The Gregg Writer, someone recently informed me that most copies are available (except for the very early volumes) on microfiche via inter-library loan.

  2. Last week I discovered the elderly daytime receptionist at my apartment building writes Gregg and has maintained her speed as she records minutes of the board meetings. We have started writing daily happy messages to each other and have no problem reading each other's notes — except on one case when I wrote:

    You're a mistress of shorthand writing.

    Without thinking, falling back on analogical principles, I wrote: M-E-S disjoined over S for "mistress" applying the "TR+vowel" prefix rule.

    This shows how logical all the rules were, even in the 1916 Manual.

    I had originally initiated our Gregg correspondence by handing her a note: If-you-can read-this, clap your-hands together three-times. (The hyphens indicate my phrasing, thus EFooK REDTHS kLAP Udot'ND'S TooG THEtemS — she read it silently, grinned and clapped three times. Cool!

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