Spending a Month in Twenty Vocations

This article contains vocabulary from nineteen (yes, nineteen) vocational areas, written in Anniversary (The Gregg Writer, April 1931).

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  1. It always amazed me that in the Gregg books from the same era as this article, when vocational dictation was presented, never had many–or, in some cases, any–of these kinds of vocational words. The exercises were predominantly general, regular language. Did anyone else notice this?

  2. I didn't really notice that, but now that you mention it, Marc, it does seem as if the vocational dictation was not very good at preparing for speed in a particular field, like just jumping into the real dictation does. Practice from the real world uses the words like those in that article pronouncedly more than the practice dictations tended to.

  3. Marc, which books were you referring to? I checked my speed building books, and the words are in all editions of Gregg Speed Building in Anniversary, and in both editions of Gregg Speed Building for Colleges Simplified. They started removing some of the vocabulary in the second edition of the simplified college speed building book. I haven't checked if the dictation material for speed building does not contain the words, but it would be rather counter-intuitive if it doesn't.

  4. I'm referring to the Anniversary books for speed building. They have vocabulary exercises for individual professions but don't use those words extensively in the read-and-copy material. VERY counter-intutive.

  5. This is a great point about the specialized vocabulary. The Gregg Writer and the Today´s Secretary both had extensive lists of words dealing with specialized vocabulary. Also later there were three texts that dealt with medical, legal, and technical stenography; which were great as far as expanding the vocabulary.

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