Sentences on Similar Words

These drills from The Stenographic Expert by Willard B. Bottome were serialized in the February to April 1938 issues of The Gregg Writer. The key appears in Chapter 3 of the book, which is attached (thanks to Gregg Student!).

Attachment: sentences-on-similar-words.pdf
Attachment:  BottomeCh3–Similar_Words.pdf

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  1. Thanks Carlos, this is awesome! I'm glad to have some material from Mr. Bottome's book in Anniversary. (I've read his book through twice.)

    And speaking of similar words, I have slowly figured out how to use the Anni dictionary to greater effect by referencing these similarities. For instance, I recently ran across an unfamiliar word, "senescence." (It refers to wearing out and deteriorating as you get older–I'd rather not reflect too hard on that.)

    It's not in the dictionary, but the first word that came to mind was "evanescence" which is there. Ergo, "senescence": s-e-n-e-s-n-s — very quick and facile. 🙂

    In this connection I've also used the OneLook dictionary about which you posted two years ago:

    That has proven useful on several occasions in helping find similar words that can be used to extrapolate the most accurate spellings of obscure words.

  2. I've uploaded the key to this selection here:–Similar_Words.pdf

    This is the complete third chapter of Mr. Bottome's book The Stenographic Expert for Writers of Gregg Shorthand (1922).

    The key is in the middle of the chapter following some introductory remarks. Not all of the sentences he gives were used in this Anni selection.

    At the end of the chapter Mr. Bottome provides a complete list of the similar words used in the sentences. They are in pre-Anniversary, but aside from the usual suspects (man-men, etc.) they're pretty much the same.

    One point to note however: In those few cases where vowel marks are required (emigrate-immigrate eminent-imminent on p.30 and pre-eminent on p.32) he uses the convex mark for short vowels which was dropped in Anniversary. Anni writers would mark the respective vowel in the other word with the dot, signifying the "middle" pronunciation.

    One bit of trivia. The chapter is entitled "Similar Words," yet in the earlier Pitmanic version the title was "Conflicting Words." I found that slightly amusing. 🙂

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