Variety in English

The English language is spoken by about 400 million people as a native tongue, and by approximately 700 million people as a foreign language. The phonology of English differs from one dialect to another, and differences in vocabulary between countries exist as well. This article explains some differences between British, American, Australian, and New Zealand…

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Help with Sentence?

Hi guys, I’m trying to work my way through the Gregg Shorthand Manual Simplified and have come across a sentence that I need help on. I get the second half but not the beginning. Could anyone help me figure it out? It’s number five. I think this shows what I’m really frustrated about, which is…

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Homemade Gold

The first chemists were alchemists who hoped to make their fortune by turning cheaper materials into gold. This article written in Simplified Gregg by yours truly explains how alchemy helped to develop the science of chemistry. Attachment: homemade-gold.pdf

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Undercover Ink

Throughout history, tattoos have played an important role in the espionage game. This article from history.com tells the story. I wrote it for the blog in Simplified Gregg. Attachment: undercover-ink.pdf

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Thomas Jefferson’s Last Letter

This letter from Thomas Jefferson to the Mayor of Washington DC, Mr. Roger Weightman, was written on June 24, 1826. He wrote it using his left hand, as he had broken his right hand and it never healed. He was very ill: he will become bedridden two days later and die on July 4. I…

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DJS Rationale

As a newcomer here this year who has enjoyed reading and using the great wealth of material, I have not seen much detail about the rationale for DJS, so I wondered whether these attachments might be of interest. See also these links: Comparison of Simplified and Diamond Jubilee  From Gregg Simplified to Diamond Jubilee Changing…

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Higher than Man Ever Was

The X-15 was a hypersonic rocket-powered aircraft that set altitude records in the 1960s, reaching the limits of outer space. It was designed to be carried aloft and drop launched from under the wing of a B-52. In this selection from the August 22, 1960 issue of Life Magazine and transcribed by yours truly in…

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