Shorthand is an abbreviated symbolic writing method that increases speed or brevity of writing as compared to a normal method of writing a language

. The process of writing in shorthand is called stenography, from the Greek stenos (narrow) and graph or graphie (writing). It has also been called brachygraphy, from Greek brachys (short) and tachygraphy, from Greek tachys (swift, speedy), depending on whether compression or speed of writing is the goal. Shorthand is described in the dictionary as a rapid method of writing by using symbols and abbreviations for letters, words, etc. Undoubtedly our first principle of abbreviation is by means of symbols which we call brief forms or, sometimes, wordsigns. Stenography is the practice of writing in shorthand, either by hand or with a specialized stenograph machine. Well through the 20th century, stenography was a necessary skill for secretaries, reporters, and other people who needed to quickly and accurately record written information. While this skill is in less wide use today, it is still valuable in some environments, such as courtrooms, where a real time transcription of events is required by law. Gregg Shorthand named after its inventor, John Robert Gregg is a system of pen stenography that gained popularity in the United States in the early twentieth century. However, since the invention of mechanical stenography, the form lost its appeal to the public. Only twenty years ago, shorthand classes were seen in nearly every high school in the country. Now, the overwhelming majority of high school students today has never seen nor heard of Gregg Shorthand. The purpose of this site is to increase awareness of Gregg Shorthand, and refresh those who learned it and have not used it in several years. However, the year in which one learned it in school affects how he or she writes. As vocabulary and needs change, so does the version of Gregg Shorthand.

The order for the shorthand values is important. It must go in the order of Top, Right, Bottom, Left. If it doesn¶t, there might be trouble! Another mnemonic is just to think of the minute hand on an analogue clock ± it starts at the top and proceeds round clockwise(!), and the order of these shorthand values do the same. Even with that compact way of giving our values, if the numbers used are nice to us, we can shorten the value even more. Let¶s say our style was:

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