Notehand brief forms

Probably getting way ahead of myself but I wanted to compare the brief forms in Notehand with their equivalents in Simplified and Diamond Jubilee. Using the charts on the Angelfishy site as my source of info for the latter two systems.

Likely to be some errors here so I would appreciate corrections.

m for “am”: the same in DJS; in Simplified m can also represent “more”

nd for “and”: the same in DJS; in Simplified nd can also represent “end”

n for “in”: in Diamond and Simplified n can also stand for “not”

something for “into”: not sure how to describe the Notehand glyph, is that the nd blend plus oo-hook?; do Diamond and Simplified have brief forms for “into”?

s for “is”: in Diamond and Simplified s can also represent “his”

t for “it”: in DJS and Simplified t can also stand for “at”

sh for “shall”: in Simplified sh can also represent the syllable “ship”

sh + t for short: the same in DJS; what is the Simplified form for “short”?

s u g for “suggest”: the same in Diamond; Simplified uses s u j

e r for “were”: the same in DJS; in Simplified e r can also stand for “year”

l for “will”: in both Diamond and Simplified l can also represent “well”

“work” is r k in 1960 Notehand, as in Simpified; “work” is u k in 1968 Notehand, as in DJS

The following appear to be the same in all three systems:

a/an, about, be/by, could, difficult, for, have, I, important, of, opportunity, over, probable, question, send, should, the, their/there, this, under, was, what, when, where, which, with, would, yesterday, you.

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    1. Hi Philip,

      Is that a first edition thing? My second edition manual didn't introduce "short" when I learned that lesson, and I double checked the index of brief forms. "Short" isn't listed.

      Which is a relief as I thought maybe I'd overlooked it! 🙂

    2. I confess that I didn’t look at the manual; I got that from the dictionary.

      My vague memory was that it might only be "short-" as a prefix (as in "shorthand"), but the dictionary had "sh" also for the bare word "short".

    3. "Short" was moved to the word beginnings section in Simplified. However, it should have been listed as a brief form too, as in previous series. I'm not sure why it wasn't.

  1. Thanks for the responses. I was trying to get a quick handle on how quickly the brief forms mutated from one version of Gregg to the next.

    I accidentally discovered a bit of trivia about the 1960 Notehand book. There are two different versions of the endpapers (the charts printed just inside the front and back covers). One version has a more complex alphabet chart with examples in the front, and brief forms listed alphabetically in the back. The other version has a simpler chart in the front and brief forms listed in order of appearance in the back.

    1. How did you discover that, Rich? I'm guessing through having two books. 🙂

      I still have the library copy as well as the one I just got for myself. I'll have to compare them and see whether they differ.

    2. Apparently the simpler versions of the endpaper charts were used in the second edition of the book, but with a white on brown(?) color scheme instead of white on black. Judging by the images Osvaldo posted in this forum in August 2009.

  2. Ah. Both my own and the library book have the more detailed endpaper. I like it and found it a good reference, especially when I was trying to remember when to use o or u for the different vowel sounds. I had trouble sometimes.

    Incidentally, I settled on remembering o sounds with low-law-lot (as in the Notehand chart) ; and u sounds with boo-buck-book.

    I liked the back endpaper for looking up the Notehand brief forms, too.

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