a small pamphlet of 40 pages, measuring 4 and a quarter inches, by a little
under 5 and a half inches; the cover is a dull orange. The price is sixpence.
devised and written by F. Addington Symonds (Editor of the Gregg Magazine), to
whom permission has been granted, by Dr John Robert Gregg, to draw freely upon
the material in the Anniversary Edition of the Gregg Shorthand Manual”
ends: “Meanwhile, good luck – and good Gregging!”
spelling; how the signs for shorthand are derived from oval shapes and lines
running through them. The author writes that: “[Gregg Shorthand] will enable
you to write from four to six times more rapidly than is possible with
R, L, K and G, explained as curves derived from the oval shapes. The signs for
A and E follow, and it is explained that a dot on the line represents “a, an”. Examples
of shorthand words are then given.
D, Sh, Ch and J. The writer suggests: “Now try writing the short upward stroke
– the T stroke – with a curve; and the same with the little downward stroke
called SH. The first gives you the sign for TH ….. The second provides the sign
for S.” The alternative strokes are given for Th and S; SeS and XeS are also
explained, as are the H dot, the –ing dot and the suffix for –ings. Examples
are given, e.g. “heating”, “meetings”.
sounds for all the vowels (including the distinguishing dot and dash marks), -LY,
-INGLY, -ILY and punctuation.
another vowel, EA and IA, W (initially and medially), consonantal Y, reversing
the A and E circles at the beginning and end of words to indicate R, and how
the loop is used to express the plural of these at the end of words.
are Ng and Ngk. The author writes: “By
now you have probably lost count of the number of words you can already write
phrasing. Per-, -ble, -ment,
middle of words, vowels written consecutively when not forming a diphthong, the
dot used for A in A+H and A+W, a brief outline of the abbreviating principle.
Shorthand, e.g. the omission of vowels in prefixes and suffixes,
“word-building” e.g. con-, contr-, constr-, and compound affixes, and
concludes: “If you would like to know more about Gregg Shorthand and will drop
us a postcard, we shall be delighted to be of service”.
Attachment: ABC of Gregg.pdf