This board is for the Anniversary version of Gregg Shorthand. I had the teachers manual, as well as several books to use for this board.
If you are learning a different versions, you are welcome to join the board, join in disucssions and even start your own. There is one thread for specific questions and discussion to other versions: Links for other Gregg Shorthand information
How do we deal with terms that were not in existence at the time the Anniversary books were written or specialized terms? For example, I have tried to find "calculus" in the dictionaries without success.
You can do your own version or start a new discussion to ask for suggestions. Using the rules of Gregg you can come up with something that will work for you. If you use it enough, you can make it a brief form or an abbreviation.
A quick search on the internet I found something interesting. There are only 26 letters in the English language, however
"Part of what makes English difficult to learn is that each letter in the alphabet can represent more than one sound. Plus, since the alphabet only has 26 letters yet represents 44 sounds, many English phonemes are represented by two or three letters working together to represent one sound." Source.
So all those sounds needs to be represented in shorthand. Some are omitted if they're a softer sounds and hardly heard. Other's are used in similar words (the letter 'k' sounds like a 'c' and the same symbol is used). But then shorthand makes writing quicker by combining (blends) letters and sounds if they blend together. Another way to make it fast is the use abbreviations (called Brief Forms or Word Forms, but also called abbreviations). Phrases, combining several short words into one outline, also makes it faster.
Gregg Shorthand is called a "light-lined" system because it does not use shading, such as Pittman shorthand does. When a shorthand uses shading, they have more outlines.
For example (in the Bellamy system), the letter 'p' is written one way and the 'r' another way, but to combing those, you shade the letter 'p' outline. Which means you have to learn the 'p' outline, the 'r' outline' and a 'p-r' outline. Then any other combinations with those two letters.
In Gregg you learn the 'p' outline and the 'r' outline. No new outline to combine the two into one fluid form of 'p-r'.
"Gregg Shorthand had achieved the most extraordinary success ever attained by any system in the history of shorthand." John Robert Gregg, 1922
Another advantage to Gregg Shorthand (and a few others): you can write on any size lined paper, no lined paper, etc. A few shorthand's have you write the exact same outline on various lines: on the line, in the middle of the lines, or close to the top line. Depending where the outline is positioned determines the word. If you do write on a blank paper, you have to be more careful.
I've written Gregg Shorthand on a variety of papers and electronic equipment, it doesn't matter if I wrote it a bit higher or lower then needed. The outline for the word "separating" is the same no matter what position I write it in.
THE BEST That is whatever you put your mind to. You can learn any version and you will find it the best for you. Depending on what you need it for and what you want to use it for might be a factor in choosing which version. I first learned Diamond Jubilee Series because that was the first Gregg books I found at a thrift store. Then I decided I didn't need shorthand and gave them back to a thrift store. Later I needed shorthand and decided to go back to a thrift store and found Anniversary Functional Method manuals. I didn't realize there were different versions, but I really liked the idea of learning the old system, so I did. Since I found the hard copy of the teachers manual book of the Anniversary edition and I continued to learn that version, both the functional method and the little brown Anni book. I used that teacher's manual for this board. I really like this version, although I do think Diamond Jubilee Series a "pettier" Gregg shorthand.
EASIEST One of the later versions (I would say after 1970 or after the Diamond Jubilee Series). These have less brief forms (abbreviations). Also more of the outlines were written out in full. There are also less phrases. The first versions can be a little harder as had some symbols that were used in different ways (the letter 's' for example). Also the letter "r" was disjoined on a lot of words.
FASTEST TO WRITE The earliest versions. Anniversary and Pre-Anniversary have been know to write well over 200wpm. There was one lady on the internet who said she got up to 170 wpm with Diamond Jubilee Series. I was able to only get up to 120wpm on DJS with short works. I haven't tried more then 120wpm on Anni, so I can't say if it's faster--for me. You can write faster in later versions with the Expert Speed Courses, if available. However, they do use some of the Anniversary brief forms and phrases (I have the Simplified version and noticed that) as well as unique forms for court reporting, legal or government work that required fast speeds.
CHANGING SYSTEMS I did find it hard and easy to change from DJS to Anni. There were many similarities that it was a breeze to read most of it. There were a few newer theories and brief forms, phrases, etc., that were new to me, so that made it a bit hard to relearn those. It is possible to change systems or versions.