confrontational, eyebrows, clothes

I needed to write confrontational and put an L in [1] but it looked odd so I checked my dictionary. The dictionary showed confront [2]and confrontation [3] but not confrontational. I think [1] is bad and so I should use [3] and allow the context to provide confrontational rather than confrontation.   When I write…

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S-L

Considering words such as slow and sleep….. I thought, right from when I was first learning, that it would be easier to write s-l using a right-S rather than the left-S which we use. It is much more “facile” (to use an expression commonly used in describing Gregg writing).  I quite understood at the time…

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Such

Why is it that “such” has a left S?  The ‘favoured’ way (I thought) was a right S. (In the word “session” the right S is used.  The word “sent” has (as the rule for putting curves outside a sharp angle) a right S.  Similarly “sand”.) I’ve only fairly recently realised that the left S…

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Not really a quiz

My writing has been getting worse lately, and before I do some of the drills in Speed Studies (not to increase speed but only to improve clarity) I thought I might show what my Anniversary writing looks like – in the form of a “quiz”. The quiz part of this is for you to identify…

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-ish, -ile, -ed

I am speaking Anniversary Gregg in this comment. -ish I frequently need to write words to describe something. Colloquial words. For example blue-ish, green-ish, heavy-ish, etc. In longhand one can insert a dash if needed. In Gregg I have, so far, just used the sh, joined. Decipherable if the word ends in a consonant, but…

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Overly

I wanted to write overly (as in “he was not overly tired”). I wrote the usual o-hook above the line, and then the e-circle ON the line (e-circle as a word-ending indicating ‘ly’).  Thus ‘over’ + ‘ly’: But it looks open to misinterpretation (though I cannot yet think what else it might mean).  I tried…

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I had

Reading Carlos’ transcription (Anniversary) of Santa’s letter, and seeing “I had” written as [1] made me think of the various similar forms: I had, he had, we had, they had (also you had, & who had). 1,2,3,4,5,&6 are consistent, however the manual (paragraph 148 in my ©1930 copy) show us 7,8,9,&10 (I had, we had,…

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Major and Minor vowels

(Correct outlines 2,3,6 conform to Anniversary and Simplifed. ) I find that with my pronunciation, as a dweller in England (especially in the south east), that when Gregg says to omit minor sounding vowels when appropriate I find myself omitting, at first, many ‘e’ vowels towards the end of a word. For example when I…

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Disintegrate

(Sorry this image is a bit unclear. My penmanship and my computer ability are both at fault.) In Anniversary the word disintegrate is written as [1] (in simplified as [2]). I had been looking at my dictionary for another word when I found this odd-looking form for disintegrate. I had never come across that strange…

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