Omission of minor vowels – Simplified

There have been several posts here concerning
the omission of minor vowels in Gregg Shorthand. There is some guidance in the
earlier material, such as the 1916 Manual and the related Qs and As book
(1924). But what about Simplified?

Rich Harrison recently pointed out that certain texts are available on the Open
Library. I had a look at “Gregg Speed Building Simplified”, and
there, at the beginning of each chapter, are the principles for omitting minor
vowels in Simplified; these principles are probably also relevant to other
versions of Gregg Shorthand.

I have attached a summary I made for my own reference; please feel free to use
this if you wish (and let me know if there are any mistakes).

Attachment: Omission of Minor Vowels (Simplified)

Note: this topic really is only for those of us who can’t
cope without knowing all the rules!

Rich’s comment is found here:

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    1. I find I'm doing pretty well with reading, but am hesitant with writing, and I think a lot of this is to do with the omission of vowels. Like you, I know a lot of these principles at some level, but seeing them written out as rules or conventions will (I hope) enable me to write more confidently – without having to memorise the dictionary!

  1. I enjoyed doing it!

    Do you know if there's an explanation anywhere for disjoining -er in keeper & worker (in Simplified); I thought the rule (in Simplified) only applied if the last sound of the word is omitted. Also, both words have a joined past tense. Thanks.

    1. Yes, that's the reason.

      There is a small rule (not in the manual, but in the Q & A book) that says that if there are three curves written in succession, an angle must be present between two of those curves for legibility. If we write "keeper" together (as k-p-r), the angle would be between the k and the p, and in the past that outline was the outline for "compare." My guess is that they didn't want to use that outline for "keeper" to avoid confusions, even though "compare" in simplified has an a between the p and the r.

      Incidentally, in S90, the outlines for "keeper" and "worker" are written with the joined r: k-e-p-r for keeper and r-k-r for worker (this last one looks like a moustache).

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