Clarification on Std. WPM

I’ve been reviewing my “Functional Method” Reading and Writing exercises that have the numeric marks every 20 standard words.  What is a standard word again?  I’ve read 5 letters, or 5 characters including punctuation and spaces, some without spaces, etc.  Does anyone know the exact system that Gregg Publishing used to count words?

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  1. A standard word for Gregg shorthand is 1.4 syllables. To find the number of standard words in a passage, count the number of syllables and divide by 1.4. For instance, a passage with 210 syllables has 210/1.4 = 150 standard words. You'll find that each set of 20 standard words in your book has 28 syllables.

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