Brief Form for “Employ”

I was wondering why there isn’t a Brief Form for the word “employ”.

I would have thought that it would rate high on a list of most
commonly used words, especially for a shorthand writer in the business world.

(Also, I particularly dislike the fully
written out forms of “employee” and “employees”; they look as though
someone has drawn a bunch of cherries (or grapes) at the end of the word.)

The Anniversary Dictionary has “m p l”, but I assume the form derives from the Abbreviating Principle as it’s not listed as a Brief Form in the Manual.

Gerard O’Kennedy’s “Simplified – Third Edition” has the same “m p l”, but I’m not sure whether to treat that book as an official publication.

I also wanted to check whether using “m p l” for “employ” (and “m p l e s” for “employees”) causes any conflict with the rules for Simplified; I was thinking along these lines because O’Kennedy’s use of  “p o s” for “possible” only works because he eliminates the “-pose” suffix.

I don’t think it does cause a problem, but I thought I’d ask.



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  1. There's no reason it can't be a brief form for your use, even if it's not in an official list. Shorthand always becomes idiosyncratic for the individual user, regardless of version.

  2. "Employ" is a brief form in Anniversary: see paragraph 88 of the manual. I'm not sure why it was removed as a brief form from the subsequent series, especially when you try to write "employees" in full. It seems it was an arbitrary decision by the authors.

    1. I got the PDF from the Gregg Angelfishy site. When I clicked on Accessability Quick Check, it came up with: "This document appears to contain no text.It may be a scanned image." Nevermind, I've got the book too.

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