Official Names for Gregg Shorthand Letters

I would like to know the names of all the letters in Gregg Shorthand. If anyone could tell me or link to a list of the names, I would greatly appreciate it.


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  1. Are you talking about the names of the strokes? Other than gay (g), ish (sh), chay (ch), and the oo-hook, I'm not aware of any other special names for the single letters that differ from the regular name in the English alphabet. The other strokes take their name from the sound they represent (for example -ing dot, h-dot, mem/men blend, nk, ng, etc.).

    1. Are the names of the letters the same as in Pitman? For example, the th (as in thin) being ith and th (as in then) being thee. What differences are there?

      1. Other than what is mentioned by Dr. Gregg in the manuals, I don't know of any alphabet lists that Dr. Gregg created (or approved) with the "official" names of the letters; in the manuals, he used either the English name (for example, p, l, r, etc.), the letter combination (th), or a created name to convey the sound (for example, gay, ish, den, tem, ing, etc.). 

        Pitman uses different strokes for the different sounds of th, so there are two different names — this would not apply to Gregg. Likewise, there is no zhay in Gregg because the z stroke is the s. So the stroke names between the systems are not exactly the same.

        The alphabet charts presented before the first lesson are the only things I've seen.

  2. The closest thing I can think of is this chart found inside the Notehand edition text.  Notehand is more simplified than some of the other editions so it won't have some of the outlines for, say, Anniversary.  But this should give you an idea.  We call the soft G outline "gay" and the CH outline "chay."  There are 2 outlines for the TH sound for ease in writing and those are called "over ith" and "under ith."  The outline for SH is called "ish."  There are blends and diphthongs, too.  But most of the letters just go by their alphabet name.  Hope this helps.

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