Gregg Reporting Shortcuts

Today the mail carrier brought the first to arrive of a list of books I ordered during my mini-book-buying-binge last week.

Today’s book is Gregg Reporting Shortcuts. (Total price = $6.) I wasn’t sure I needed this, but now I am quite elated. I was reading last night in one of the first editions of Gregg, that the book on the Reporting Style was considered a necessary follow-up to the first book of elements. For one thing, it looks like lots of cool vocabulary and phrases categorized by word or topic. It seems that the previous owner took this subject seriously enough to write many of his own versions of quite a few of the outlines. (He must have been born around 1910, I’m thinking.)

The book is dated 1922, but according to the way I understand the publishing info, it was actually printed in 1931, so I’m not sure if it is revised to comply with Anniversary edition, or if that is even applicable here. The preface is written by John Gregg, but it seems that some people have referred to a book of the same title with the preface written by Zoubek or Leslie.

The publishing info is E-78-PP-3. I take this to mean that the book was published in May of 1931, and that 3,000 copies were printed. I don’t know which location the PP indicates, however. And under this info a “Ch” is typed. Does anyone know what that means?

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    1. Okay, I guess his was the document I had downloaded from archive.org. last winter. He has all the info listed, except the codes for the printing company intials. "NP" = National Process.

      The ebook version was printed in 1921 according to his formula (J58-PPC-3-1/2) even though it's copyright 1922.

  1. I think there's another book or two between the manual and Reporting shortcuts. Look for "Dictation" and "Speed Building" in the titles. I know "Dictation" can be done with the manual or as a comprehensive review. It covers fine-points of penmanship and provides much more material. (I have a copy.) I'm not sure about Speed Building, but I think it's for the second term. Reviews all the theory and starts building speed.

  2. The edition I referred to that requires the "reporting style" as a follow-up, was the 1893 edition, which I believe is the 2nd version Gregg published: Gregg's Shorthand. A Light-Line Phonography for the Million. It's a 20 page booklet and has the entire system (with some differences) condensed into these 20 pages. It's largely intended for self-study. On page 9, the author advises:

    "4- Don't stop when you reach the end of PART I., as it is not advisable to impress the elementary outlines upon your mind. Procure PART II .-THE REPORTING STYLE (price $1)–which contains an adaptation of the system to verbatim reporting, and is really a continuation of this treatise. For reading
    and writing practice get "Aesop's Fables" and the magazine published in the interests of the system."

    Of course, I'm familiar with Speed Studies for the 5th edition and for Anniversary. In Pre-Anniversary and Anniversary, Speed Studies is intended for use concurrently with the manual, or alternatively as a follow-up study. According to the ad in the back of the 1916 manual, it is a "combined supplementary textbook and dictation course…." What is the name of the dictation book you have, CricketB?

    This book I just got concisely answers a lot of questions and basically expands and expounds the theory following the pattern of the 1916 manual. I have always been one to look ahead. It helps to get an overview, and it let's you know where you're going. I haven't had a chance to thoroughly study the book, but of particular interest to me is the section entitled Theological Terms and Phrases. Mr. Gregg gives 100 examples of outlines for phrases and terms likely to be found in sermons, which Gregg notes is a useful opportunity for practicing verbatim reporting. He also notes that familiarity with vocabulary from many disciplines will be found in "modern" sermons. This kind of thing just isn't in the manual nor in the supplementary materials in such a usable format.

    I would so much like to see/have a copy of Part II of the 1893 version. Does anyone have that?

  3. Okay, and now I see from Carlos's link to "Course of Study" that Speed Building is a different book. (I was recently wondering about this on ebay. :-)) I wonder if there is an edition of it for what I call the 1916 edition, i.e., Pre-anny to some. Since they are nearly the same with just a few minor changes, I combine them, note the differences, and use whichever I prefer. Usually, I prefer 1916, but not always.

    1. Gregg Speed Practice is very different from Gregg Speed Building. Gregg Speed Practice does not have a speed building plan as the 1932 book has — it is just a collection of articles and letters in different areas of business, the majority in print, with very few selections in shorthand, other than some practice letters and vocabulary in the margins. Gregg Speed Building is an actual speed building book, as it provides drills at different speeds, in addition to the review letters and articles, both in shorthand and print.

  4. Speaking of looking ahead, and why I'm so glad to have a book like this, and the most efficient way to learn. I recall from my school career the many times teachers and college professors mentioning how to read/learn efficiently and sharing their experience of having a big test and having to read a technical college textbook in a hurry. They read the first chapter of the book, then the last chapter, and the rest of the book they read all headings and the first and last sentence of every paragraph, in that order of priority as time allows. This sums up the reason why I have been searching the internet for a copy of Charles Swem's reporting book at a reasonable price!

    1. Looked into it a bit more. The link was from Scott Young's newsletter and eventually goes to his own domain, but through a questionable intermediate. The links to his paid books also go through questionable sites. The free advice he gives on rapid learning is good, which had me fooled. Nothing new, but all in one place. So, good intentions paving … Sorry about the bad lead.

    2. I wouldn't expect descriptions that refer to steroids, 'a-kicking' and "making 'calculus' so easy even your grandma could learn it" as coming from or leading to higher levels of thought.

      I think it would be assumed that anyone learning shorthand would be looking for the shortest route to accomplishment. In my last comment I was likening reading the "last chapter" immediately after the first chapter in preparation for the final, to getting acquainted with the reporting manual in my s-h series before working through the "middle" material. I have found that John Gregg imparts much wisdom in his books. Shorthand is an ancient art. It's quite notable how someone who didn't attend formal school past age 12 rocked the world with his shorthand system being self-taught. He might have at least a few useful ideas.

  5. Not to muddy the waters BUT. . . you all know, I'm sure, that there was a major revision of "Reporting Shortcuts" done in the 1950s which is Simplified based. It follows the same general format of the original text but without all the text in the front. However, it does rely heavly on pre-Anniversary forms but not exclusively.

    1. Oh, goodie. So far, I haven't been favorably impressed by McGraw-Hill's revisions of Gregg's books–but I suppose this one could be the exception if it has some updated vocabulary that isn't based on Simplified theory. I see that it's available on Amazon for around $7.

      I have found some of the text in the front of the 1922 book to be helpful, valuable, or interesting. Some just looks to be reruns of what's available in other books. One of these days maybe I can evaluate the results of all those old speed contests. 😉

      As I mentioned in a previous comment, I would really like to see a copy of Gregg's Shorthand Part II – The Reporting Style that is recommended on page 9 and advertised ion the back cover of n Gregg's Shorthand Part I – The Elements , published in 1893.

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