Reporting shortcuts and alternative outlines

I remember years ago there was a post with an attachment showing many alternative forms for words and phrases.  A few examples I can remember are [ta] for “take”, [tan] for “taken”, [u] for “through”.  There was congressional reporter vocabulary as well, and the document looked like it was typed on 8.5 x 11 inch paper.  Is this ringing a bell with anyone?  Is that document still available?  I thought of this when I was reading “20 Shortcuts to Shorthand Speed” by Clyde Blanchard, where he gives examples of different reporter’s notes, and several used the a-dot for “and”.  I’d never seen that before, and I’m interested to know if there are other sources out there with alternative outlines or abbreviated forms that do not appear in the standard 1916 or 1930 dictionaries.  I have referenced “Gregg Reporting Shortcuts” which is replete with many great phrases and phrasing principles, but I was also interested in individual form and outline variations for single words as well.  Any help or references on this would be greatly appreciated!


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  1. I believe the book you are referring to with shorthand outlines printed on 8.5 x 11 paper is GREGG SHORTHAND REPORTING COURSE, by Charles Lee Swem and John Robert Gregg, 1936.

    GREGG REPORTING SHORTCUTS exists in two editions:  1922 and 1959.  The second edition is by Charles Zoubek and Morris Rifkin.

    The book you may find most useful though is GREGG EXPERT SPEED BUILDING.  The Anniversary and Simplified editions of this book are by Clyde Blanchard and Charles Zoubek.  The Diamond Jubilee and Series 90 editions are by Charles Zoubek.  It's a great book consisting of 40 lessons of so-called expert shortcuts as well as abbreviating devices.  I taught advanced dictation and transcription from the diamond jubilee edition for many years.

  2. Yes!  Congressional Record Vocabulary!  That's it.  Thank you very much, Carlos.  I must have misplaced the link to this pdf years ago, but I knew it came from here.

    Speaking of the reporting course by Swem and Gregg, I'd be interested to see that.  Are there any copies viewable online, or is it only available as a hard copy?

    I have a copy of the 1922 edition of "Gregg Reporting Shortcuts" by Gregg, which I enjoy very much.  Regarding the Expert Speed Building title, the only one I found authored or co-authored by Blanchard is "Speed Building for Colleges" which looked like it was published in the '60's or later.  I do have a copy of "Speed Building" (New and Revised, 1936, 1938) which is authored by Gregg himself.  It is all in anniversary but doesn't have any alternative forms, but it does have some great dictation exercises and speed pointers.

    1. I do have a copy of the GREGG SHORTHAND REPORTING COURSE, 1936.

      GREGG EXPERT SPEED BUILDING can often be found on ebay, especially the Diamond Jubilee version.  I may have an extra copy of it.

  3. I just noticed that at the beginning of this document it does make reference to the reporting course by Swem and Gregg… they must have used this vocab for the course?

  4. There are some excellent alternative forms in there.  I think I'll introduce some of them into my own writing.

    Thanks for posting!

     

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