Thursday, December 19, 2013

15 Grammar Goofs That Make You Look Silly
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Wednesday, July 10, 2013

How short can you write?

I have this sentence down to 16 strokes as shown below.  Can you write it shorter?

Do you recall -- strike that.  Do you remember, as you crossed the intersection, the stoplight being a green light or a red light?  

Do you recall   TKAOURL
-- strike that.  STRAOEUBGTD
Do you remember   TKAOURPL
as you   S*U
crossed the  KROFTD
intersection   SPWERBGZ
the   T
stoplight   STOPLT
being   BG
 a   AEU
green light   TKPWRAOEPBLT
or a   AO-R
red light   RELT
?     STPH

Sunday, June 30, 2013

Briefs 6.1.13

direct examination   TKREGS


cross-examination   KROFGS


redirect examination   TKRERGS


recross-examination   KROFRGS


disadvantages   STKRAPBGSZ

Friday, June 28, 2013

Making your own briefs

It's so easy to make up your own briefs. If there's not a conflict, then go for it. Make it fun and easy to use and remember. Here are a few more of mine that I use frequently:

Since San Francisco is STPREUS, I simply add an asterisk for the City and County of San Francisco.

STPR*EUS  It's so simple and super easy to remember.

I recently had a job where they frequently said, Super Bread.  So I took the word super which is SPR and then I added a final B for SPR-B. Very easy to remember and saved me tons of strokes!

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Steno briefs for dictionary building

My latest additions:





Thursday, June 20, 2013

New Briefs 6.20.13

black and white  PWHRABGT

7-Eleven   S*EFPBL

primarily   PRAERL

Route   RAOUT/RAOUT  (route with a capped R)

with all of the  WAUFLT

with all of   WAUF

with a lot   WAEULT

with a lot of the   WAEUFLTD

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

New steno briefs for speed building

Here are today's new briefs.  These were very helpful for me yesterday.

Compensate  KPEFPBT

Compensated  KPEFPBTD

Compensating   KPEFPBG

Compensates    KPEFPBTS

Protocol   PROEBGT

guilty beyond a reasonable doubt  KWRA*RGD

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

New briefs for today, Dictionary Building

I transcribe 2 business meetings every month for a particular client. There are multiple speakers but there is one speaker in particular who constantly uses the same phrases over and over.  You know the type. There's nothing wrong with that but it's wonderful to have a brief for those phrases. Here are mine:

with that being said,  W-BS or THABS

so, with that being said,   SWABS

with regard to  TWRARDZ  (embedded T for to) or:

with regard to  TWR-RD

with regards   WR-RDZ

with regards to   TWR-RDZ

I needed a brief for the abbreviation for number for marking exhibits:


I also discovered that I didn't have a one stroke brief for Peace Corps.  Now I do:

Peace Corps  PA*EBGS

I needed a one stroke brief for Department with a capital D:

Department   TK*PLT

So, with that being said, that's all my briefs for today. 

Monday, June 17, 2013

Some steno briefs

In the course of my work I make new steno briefs nearly every day. I'm going to start sharing them here in the hopes it will help some one you. Please feel free to add your own in the comments section.
Most of these are briefs concerning health care. Some of them are quite common, others are not, depending on the work you do. These are common for me at least.

United Health Care  AO*UBG

Health Care Reform  H-RPL

Affordable Health Care  TPO-RBL

Health Service System  H*FS

Health Service Board   H-FPB  or  H-FB