Let’s have a show of hands..

I would love to know a couple of things: how fast do you write right now? What was your fastest? What version do you write?  I will go first.  Right now i am probably around 40-60 wpm.  My fastest is probably around 80 wpm.  I write Anni.

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Dictation Disc Company Spelling Aid Vol. 1 (1960)

Here is something that might interest Louis A. Leslie collectors.  It’s not exactly shorthand related, but it will help you learn how to spell the 400 most commonly misspelled words in the English language (and thus help you with your transcription skills!)  The set is edited (and most likely dictated) by Louis A. Leslie. There…

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Principles of Joining

There is a handy summary for the principles of joining in the appendix of Gregg Shorthand for the Electronic Office Series 90 Part 1 (pgs. 292-294).  It’s nice to have them all in one place! In addition to Series 90, these principles apply to DJS, Centennial, and Notehand. Attachment: Principles of Joining.pdf  

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Gregg Shorthand Structured Learning Method

I got a copy of “Gregg Shorthand Structured Learning Method, Diamond Jubilee Series”, by Eleanor Skimin and Patsy McMurtrie. The book was published by McGraw-Hill in 1971, it is 216 pages long, and the shorthand (DJS) was written by Jerry Edelman. The book is divided in 28 lessons, plus three additional reinforcing lessons that review…

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Dictation Disc Company Set 43

There are 33 dictations in this set, ranging from 100, 110 and 120 wpm.  This set does not correspond with any particular shorthand system.  There is no copyright or rights-reserved mark anywhere in the set– indeed, there is nothing at all that indicates in what year this was produced, other than the dated photos (i.e….

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Dictation Disc Company Set 480

Many thanks to Howard for sending these records so I could digitize them! There are 30 dictation recordings in this set that range from 40 to 80 wpm.  There is no copyright or rights-reserved mark anywhere in the set– indeed, there is nothing at all that indicates in what year this was produced, other than…

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words beginning with ye-

I’m having trouble seeing the difference between the e stroke and the small loop that represents ye (in Simplified). Am I right in believing “year” and “yesterday” begin with e, while “yes” and “yeast” begin with the ye loop? In yo- words like yacht, yoga, yolk (in the Simplified dictionary) the first stroke looks very…

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Steno pad question

When did Gregg steno pads stop being sort of gridded, as in examples from Martin Dupraw or the jury charge of Zoubek over on angelfishy (at least I think that was what it was) and morph into what we use today, or have there always been two entirely separate types of paper?

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