Unknown sign

Hi guys, I’m linking a post on reddit, there’s a sign I’ve never met in Gregg. I’m talking about that circle going back around the word at the end of both columns.

The guy posting this says it seems to be a way to indicate the names.

Someone having some deeper explanation? Is it actually a very personal way to write or is there something in the manuals?


Court Colloquy (Anniversary) – Transcription in the comments from greggshorthand

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  1. In general, circling back outlines gives an indication to the court reporter that a special event has occurred during testimony, whether it is Counsel speaking to the Court, the Court speaking, applause in chambers, handing documents to the Court, etc. This is done so that the reporter can also record the actions of the speaker and separate those from what is being said. These marks are also used to further clarify who's taking at a particular time. In this case, Mr. Carlson and Mr. Green are the lawyers. The smaller outline with the back circle means "The Court" (it's just a k-t with the end of the t made as a circle), and the longer circled outline is "Mr. Carlson" (k-r-l-right s-n with the extended n made as a circle). The use of these is for the most part arbitrary, as by context and positioning on the page the reporter would usually know who's talking.

    Gregg Reporting Shortcuts contains a small list of circled outlines. You can find it on Google Books.

  2. In GREGG REPORTING SHORTCUTS, the word applause is written a-p-l-and the the circling back.  I would never use it because I don't think it saves time from the outline written in full.  However, as Carlos points out, it could indicate a special event in the court room.

    One special shortcut I have used for years appears in GREGG EXPERT SPEED BUILDING (Anniversary, Simplified, Diamond Jubilee, Series 90). It is expressing the difference of one in numbers.  The technique is to use a long, straight, forward line (an extended "mem") attached to the first number; thus 5 or 6 would attach the long line to the top of the 5 to indicate 5 or 6.

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