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Which system of Gregg do I write?

      Since now you know there are various systems of Gregg (or click here to read more about them), Iím sure you want to know which one you write.  Of course, Iím assuming youíre writing your system of Gregg correctly and according to theory.  Iím not accounting for those of you who have developed your own personal forms or unique ways of applying principles.  I'm also assuming you can't just find your old shorthand manual to check the cover page!

      Starting with one of the older systems (which, by the way, was not the original Gregg system of 1888), work your way down the page until you find familiar shorthand forms.  If you continue past what you learned, the shorthand will look strange again.

      Letís start with pre-Anniversary Gregg, specifically as set forth in the 1916 manual.  The differences between the rules of the 1916 manual and Anniversary Gregg, which followed, are minimal.  However, there are differences.  So, if you write

youíve learned pre-Anniversary Gregg. 

Anniversary writers had almost the same miserably oppressive memory load as pre-Anniversary writers.  There were hundreds of brief forms and hundreds of ďspecial formsĒ which were merely brief forms (for longer words) with another name.  The abbreviating principle gives rules to shorten words so that only enough is written to recognize a word.  However, application of the abbreviating principle could be disastrous if not learned well and practiced.

So if you write

you write Anniversary Gregg.

Things got vastly easier for the Simplified Gregg writer.  Memory load was greatly reduced.

So, if you write

you write Simplified Gregg.

For the Diamond Jubilee writer, life got even easier.  Past tenses were always connected, the ďjentĒ stroke disappeared, even more brief forms were dropped (and the corresponding words were written out), and several word endings and beginnings vanished.

So, if you write

youíre a Diamond Jubilee writer.

Series 90, the next system in the Gregg family, may have gone too far in the ease-of-learning category.  As Iíve mentioned before, this system had a deleterious effect on shorthand speed.

So, if you write

youíre a Series 90 writer.

Sorry, folks, but Iíve never become acquainted with the Centennial system so I can't give you examples of changes.  But I've heard from one teacher who has taught it and thinks very highly of the system.


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