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  1. Well, that was an ordeal!  I felt as though I was receiving a real ear-bashing, and that the end would never come.  (I wonder if you felt that when you wrote it, as some of your outlines seemed a bit less distinct than usual!)

    Part 2 seemed harder than part 1.  I have a long list of outlines to re-commit to memory.

    But having subjected me to this ordeal (interesting really, and of political relevance — into which I will not delve), can I point out a couple of seeming errors? 

    (1) Omission of "allies" (p5 c2 line1) — I might have got "potential" otherwise.

    (2) p6 c1 line16:  you wrote "he was" rather than "I was".

    (3) And on p6 c1 line17 I think you slipped into a later version for "all"?

    (4) p6 c2 line14: Is "unconnected" right?

    (5) p8 c2 line18: omission of "of the" before "German"

    (6) p10 c1 line2: "Our" looks too much like "Or"?

    (7) p10 c2 line16: missing "ing" in "passing"

    (8) p1 c2 line8: "INjustice" (!)

    (And if paragraphs are important, and if my print is similar to yours, the penultimate line of p6 c2 is a paragraph rather than a full stop.

    General things:

    Spiritual:  I would have written s-pr-l  In the dictionary this is "spritless" but since that is a less common word I would write s-pr-l-e-s.  I think I'll follow the dictionary though — should I ever need the word.

    Scheduled:  This flummoxed me (p3 c2 line 13).  The reason being that I pronounce it SHEDULE whereas Americans say SKEDULE.  The dictionary says skedule too — though I cannot live with that and corrected it to sh-e-d-l.  I suppose that could be confused with "shedless" but I'll risk it!

    Whether or not: (p3 c2 line7):  I didn't get that one (I wondered how "earn" could fit in!) but it is rather good.

    Europe:  I'd doubt myself every time I wrote it (e-u-r-o-p).  So now I'll leave out the "o".  Also this article was very useful in naming so many countries and places.  I've not found any place for a good list of them.

    For example:  I did not get this despite its several repeated usages.  But it's a long outline; I think I'll slip into longhand and write "eg" should I need it.

    Society: I tried reading "system" which kind of fitted.  But it was useful to see the distinction between leftS-rightS and rightS-leftS.

    Decisions:  (p10 c1 line10)  Why is it written d-rightS-e-sh-rightS?  A d-leftS… would be clearer.



    1. Thanks again for the corrections. This was a speech, so yes, it's a little "preachy", but the geographical expressions alone made it excellent for shorthand practice.

      My transcript read “ail”, not “all”, but I checked the Congressional Record, and it had it as “all” so I changed it.

      "Decisions" is written with the right s because it would otherwise read "desertions" (omission of r rule, paragraph 165).

      1. Thanks Carlos.  That clarified other things too.

        I was OK with things like 'sert' (leftS-e-t) as in "concert" shown in para 164 in my book, but the before-a-downstroke situation had evaded me.  It highlighted the "normal/preferred" form of the "s".  So in assertion and session I now realise 'sersh' uses the left S but 'sesh' uses the right S (as you said).  The normal use of S is the right motion.

        The "preferred"way of writing S did not figure much when I was learning.  I must have used a more touchy-feely method.  In fact I have a left/right problem more generally.  (I need to stop and think when giving directions to people, and when driving I have not always driven people the most direct rout when they give me instructions.)  In fact I still, under unusual situations, write a P for an F – but nowadays it is very rare.  (Up/down is no problem though.)

        So your reply really hit the mark.  Thanks.

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