Up to date phrases

Didn’t you ever notice how out dated some of the phrases are in Gregg shorthand readings or fundamental drills? Don’t get me wrong; I respect Gregg shorthand as an ingenious system.
However, why would I have to learn how to recognize, read, and write the phrase “Let me hear from you” when I’m never going to copy down a business letter? I’m sure it was very useful then, but I doubt it is for now.

These are the reasons why I propose the following:

We share our own phrases which upon frequent encounters we saw the need to develop a shorthand phrases for them. We can compile up-to-date phrases to show that Gregg shorthand is still very applicable today.

For guidelines on phrases and to check whether a phrase exists already I recommend referring to:
http://gregg.angelfishy.net/phrasebook.pdf (Anniv) *for other versions refer to Andrew Owen’s site.

For notations to describe how to write the phrase I recommend referring to:
http://gregg-shorthand.com/2009/05/20/reverse-dictionary-anni-still-usefu/
(It’s the reverse dictionary for mainly Anniv)

Note: I know there may be other parts of the Gregg systems which we see few flaws and want to improve on but let’s strictly confine this post to PHRASES ONLY. Thank you!

8 comments Add yours
    1. Although logical, I fear the symbol (e-sh-e?) will be hard to write it quickly and distinguishable from "easy"(e-s-e). Of course, one can always easily accommodate for such exceptions.
      I'm just relieved that there actually is an outline for such a common phrase.

  1. In this context, I find it interesting how the abbreviations for US states were “updated” with (I believe) Diamond Jubilee to correspond closer to the two-letter abbreviations that are nowadays in almost universal use, rather than the slightly longer forms that were previously used (“Ala., Calif., Conn., Mass.” etc. rather than “AL, CA, CT, MA”).

    (Though since I’m not in the US and rarely have reason to write about US states, how exactly they are abbreviated is largely academical to me—just as a changed outline for “I remain your obedient servant” or “I am in receipt of your esteemed favour of the 20th ult.” would have little influence on your shorthand.)

    1. While the abbreviations of some of the states coincide with the modern two-letter system, it was in Centennial Gregg where they changed all the states abbreviations to the two letter format. In previous series, there were slight outline differences between Anniversary and Simplified (the outlines for Hawaii and Washington are different). DJS and S90 are the same, and the difference from Simplified is only in the outlines for Colorado and Oregon, because in DJS and S90 the o is not turned on the side before l or r.

      The state abbreviation outlines in Centennial are easier to write and remember, although they would look odd for those of us who have studied previous series of Gregg. I agree, this is largely an academical topic, but a fun one to talk about.

  2. How about reviving old phrasing tricks that were removed from Anniversary, such as "x after x", "x by x", "x and y", "from x to x", and the "as x as" that was removed from Simplified? Those kinds of phrases are used a lot in regular speech.

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