Fast Shrinkage – A Tale in Simplified

Hi all, I wrote another Notehand lesson in Simplified, for your reading enjoyment and for some constructive criticism. This one is called “Fast Shrinkage.” I wrote it from the key this time, so I wouldn’t be influenced by the Notehand plate. I also tried to keep my dictionary lookups minimal. As writing practice, this was…

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Simplified Questions

Sorry, lots of questions: 1. Simplified Manual (First Edition) I have acquired the 1950 UK Edition. From what I have already read on the Blog, the UK editions are shorter than the US ones, and the reading material is different. The Manual omits all the ‘chatty’ sections (e.g. ‘What’s Ahead’) and the lessons are briefer. …

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two very random questions

(1) Is there a term or nickname for Gregg users? Greggorians? (2) I don’t understand how the outlines for “maraschino” were contructed in the Simplified and Diamond Jubilee dictionaries. In Simplified, what is that big arc that connects the “ish” to the e-n-o? What’s the 2nd vowel in the DJS version, is that /a/ representing…

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Angles and size of strokes for beginners

Take a look at paragraph 277 of the regular Simplified Manual (‘Accuracy Practice’) This paragraph illustrates the correct slant for the downward curved strokes (note that they have been enlarged in this paragraph for clarity). If you were to join up the dots shown to indicate the slant, from the beginning to the end of…

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Outline for "happiness"

Here is the outline for happiness in Simplified, with a pic from the FM manual: This bugs me, because to my eye, it seems different from most outlines. The way “-ness” is tacked on doesn’t feel right, sticking out at an angle the way it does. I would have expected a reverse curve on the first e…

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Dropping vowels

I wondered about the dropping of minor vowels in Simplified (although I’m sure this applies to earlier Gregg). The word “picture” is a good example of this, being written as p-k-t-r. I’d tend to include the first vowel if I didn’t know it wasn’t used in the standard outline. There are other words I sometimes…

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Surprised – A humorous tale in Simplified

Here is an amusing story I “translated” from Notehand to Simplified. I wanted to share a reading piece for the Simplified readers. I’m still a new student, so pardon if I didn’t get the translation textbook perfect. I still hope it’s enjoyable reading. Surprised You are welcome to give feedback on my shorthand, but be…

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Teach Yourself Shorthand (printed in London, 1943 and 1944)

The latest addition to my collection. The book is subtitled “An Exposition of the Gregg System for Self Tuition”, and is authored by Ernest W. Crockett and F Addington Symonds. It is very obviously an expansion of the earlier New Rapid Course (by 70 pages), which I mentioned in an earlier post (http://gregg-shorthand.com/2014/09/10/gregg-shorthand-new-rapid-course-1940/). Regarding Mr…

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