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The Reporter's Companion | by Benn Pitman



These pages contain more than any one Phonographic reporter will ever be likely to need or use, but there is nothing here that will not be gladly adopted by some. A work of this nature should provide for the wants of the two distinct classes who will use it; namely, those who have good memories and little executive power, and those who have aptitude and quickness with but moderately retentive memories. The former will find it easier to become reporters by storing their memories ; the latter by exercising their fingers. It seems to be a general rule that we possess and enjoy only when we have earned possession: the reporting style of Thonography is no exception. If the student has not mastered the contents of the Manual, he will be likely to find this book a labyrinth of difficulty ; but if he has earned the right to study the advanced style of this art, by having faithfully mastered the elementary principles, he will find this book a welcome guide in helping him from the corresponding to the reporting style ; a transition that will be a source of delight in proportion to his ability to appreciate what is philosophic, useful, and beautiful.

TitleThe Reporter's Companion
AuthorBenn Pitman
PublisherThe Phonographic Institute Company
Year1872
Copyright1872, The Phonographic Institute Company
AmazonThe Phonographic Reporter or Reporter's Companion
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Phonography

-Preliminaries
The proper, because the best instrument for reporting, is a gold pen - provided the writer obtains one suited to his hand, and style of writing. Pen and ink are as superior to pencil for reporting as ...
-The Reporting Style
In the corresponding style of Phonography, every word that is not a logogram or a contraction, should be vocalized. The insertion of many vowels is impossible when writing the words of a fluent speake...
-Phraseography
Or the joining of two or more words into a phraseograph, without lifting the pen from the paper, is a method of ab-breviation at once time-saving, convenient and beautiful. This principle can be carri...
-Reporting Abbreviations
Triple-sized Curves may be occasionally used without danger of illegibility. 1. Surrender their posts, squander their substance, render their accounts, further their interests, whether there are, whet...
-Phraseography 2
When the student begins to join words into phrases, he will not at first realize their importance in the attainment of speed; because the thought and time which he yet has to expend in recalling the f...
-Reporting Practice
The size of the writing in these exercises is larger than the advanced Phonographer is recommended to adopt; but it is not larger than should be used during the first two months of the student's pract...
-Unvocalizeu Phonography
The Phonographer should, from the commencement of his practice, familiarize himself with the outlines of words, that is, consonant outlines left unvocalized. There is not time in reporting to insert a...
-The Limit Of Inaccuracy
The legibility of Phonography is admitted by all who are acquainted with it, but the legibility of the student's phonography depends upon himself. Words, Phonographically expressed, are readily deciph...
-Lines, Theoretical And Practical
Theoretically, every line employed in Phonography is a right line, or an arc of some circle. Practically, all light lines become, to the fluent writer, portions of ellipses. The most rapid continuous ...
-Method Of Practice
After the corresponding style is mastered, the student is recommended to take one page of reporting practice at a time, which should first be carefully real, to ascertain if every principle of abbrevi...
-Writing Practice
It is a waste of time for the student to attempt to write rapidly before he can write well. The difficulty of reading badly-written Phonography, more than counterbalances the speed acquired at the exp...
-Unvocalized Phonography 2
The student's 6rst attempts to read unvocalized Phonography will not be unattended with difficulty; but when a page, like the opposite - and a more difficult one could not well be selected - has been ...
-Reading Practice
While practice, both in reading and writing, is necessary to make a reporter, it is found that the relative amount of each needed to gain proficiency, greatly varies in different persons. To read Phon...
-General Abbreviations
The principles of Phonography and the methods of abbreviation explained in the Manual, and in the preceding pages of this work, will enable the student to express all the words of the language with ex...
-General Abbreviations. Part 2
2 Instruction, in (or in the) construction 2 Consistency sustain 2 Consistence sustains sister I It ought 3 it would, it had, at it 1 Till it, tell it 2 told 1 Tried 2 toward, tra...
-General Abbreviations. Part 3
his client their client 1 Secret 2 sacred 3 secured unsecured 1 Skilled 3 seclude, schooled secluded 1 Collect-ed 1 collective 1 collection 1 Correct-ed ...
-General Abbreviations. Part 4
3 Measured unmeasured 3 3 Measure their L 1 Law, ill 2 will, 3 whole, allow 1 Line, lean 2 alone 2 Revelation 3 revolution 1 While, we will 2 well 3 wool 1 Seal 2 as or i...
-Vowels
1 The 2a 3 ah! 2 An, and 1 All 2 too. two 1 Already 2 before 3 oh, owe 1 Ought 2 who 1 Of 2 to 1 Or 2 but 1 On, 2 shonld 1 I, eye, high 1 Aye 2 How 1 We 1 With, ...
-Vocabulary
The hyphen indicates that any of the derivatives formed by the added syllable or syllables, may be represented by the sign provided for the first, or radical word. ...
-Ago
A, an, oI and. initial or final, is expressed bv a joined vertical or horizontal tick. Abandoned Abase, abuse 3 Able, belong-ed 1 Able to, bold, blood Able to have Abode, body I About, bad Ab...
-Act
Accidental Accommodate-d Accompany, company Accomplish Accordance Accord-ing-to, creature Account, cannot 1 Accredit, credit 1 Accrue, cure Accrued, cured Accuracy Accurate, court 2 Accusa...
-Aff
Actuated Acute, quiet 1 Adamant, demand 2 Add, advertise-d-ment Added, had it. had haii Addition, condition 1 Additional, conditional 1 Adequate, educate 2 Administer Administered-rate-ed ...
-Acc Act Aff
Affliction Affluence fullness 2 Affluent, fluent 2 Afford-ed, fort Afraid, offered I After, fate, future 3 Afterwards Again, begin 1 Against, organized 1 Age, advantage, joy 1 ...
-Ass
As he, as the, has he As his, has his As if, as for 2 As if it As it, has it As it bad As it had not As it were As it will As it will not As it would As it would have As it wou...
-Att
Assignment Assist, ceased Assistance Assisted Associate-d Association Assort, assert 2 Assurance Assure, sure 2 Assured-ly Astern Astonish-ed-ment Astronomy-ical At, out, it...
-Bet
Baptism-t-ed Barbarian Barbarism Barbarity Barbarous-ly Baseness, business 1 Batter-y, better 2 Be, by 1, to be 3 Be not, bend 2, bound 3 Beatify Beauties-eons Beautiful-ly ...
-Bye
Bid ; bad, bade 3 Bigot-ed-ry Bend, combined 1 Biography-ic-al Birth Birthright Bishop Blind, blend 2, bland 3 Board of trade Body, abide, abode 2 Bold, able to, blight 1 Boldness...
-Col
Chamber Chamber of Commerce Change-d Change-able-y Chairman Chapter Character, correct 1 Characteristic Characterized Characterizes Characters-ize Charge-d Chargeable ...
-Com
Collect-ed Collection Collective Collision, conclusion 3 Colonist Colonization Colony Color-ed Combine Com, con, or cog may he ex pressed, when necessery by. writing the .world in...
-Coo
Consisted Consistence Consistency Consistent-ly Consolation, solution 3 Consonant Conspicuous-ly-ness Coustant-ly Constituent Constitute-d Constitution Constitution of the D. S. ...
-Cul
Co-operatioa Copy, keep 1 Cordiality Corn Corporeal Correct-ed-ness Correct manner Correction Correctly Correspond-ent Correspondence Corresponding Sec'y Corresponding Society Cou...
-Des
Deliver-ed-y Deliverance Delusion, adulation 2 Demand-ed, diamond ] Democracy-tic Demonstrate-d Demonstration Demoralization Denominate-d-ion Denominations Denunciate-d Denunciation ...
-Dis
Despot-ic, dispute 2 Despotism Destruction Destructive Determination Determine-able Detenuined-ly Detest-able Detestation Detriment-al Develop-ed-ment Devised, advised 3 Devolve-d...
-Eff
Dollar, advertisement 3 Domestic Domination, condemnation 2 Doubt-ed, had had Doubter, editor 2 Doubtless Down, providential Downcast Downfall Downhearted Downright Downtrod...
-Ent
Effort, afraid Eh? Either, other 3 Elaborate Elect Electric-ity Electrical Elder, leader 1 Elegy, eulogy 3 Element, aliment 3 Elevate alleviate 1 Elevation, alleviation 1 Emigrate...
-Eye
Evil, value 3 Evolution, violation 1 Exaggerate-d Exaggeration Example, exemplify-ied Excellency Excellent Exception Exceptionable Excess, access 3 Exchequer Exclaim-ed-mation Exclud...
-Fid
F Facetious-ly-ness Fact, effect 2 Factious-ly, effiuatious-ly 2 Factitious-ly-ness Fail, fall 1 fool 3 Failure Faintest Faint hearted-ness Fair, fear 1, far 3 Faithful-ly-ness Fa...
-Gis
Freedom Frequent-ly Frequence-y From; free, offer 1 From it, afraid 2 Froward Frugality Fruit, effort 2 Fruition Fully, follow-ing 1 Fundamentally Furies, furious Furiously Furnis...
-Hap
Give-n, Together 2 Give his, gives Give it, gift; gave it 2 Gives his Glad, gold, gui!t-y 1 Glories, glorious Glorification Glory, glorify-ied Go, together ; ago 3 God; good, get ...
-Hon
Hereditament Hereditary Herein, iron, her ow Heretofore Herewith Hero Heroine Herself, arise Hesitate-ed Hesitation Hieroglyph-ic-al High, eye Higher Highest Highlander ...
-Hys
Honored Hope, happy; up 2 Hope to hare Horizontal-Horse, hers, arise Horticttlture-al Hospitable Hospitality Hostility Hours, ours, ourself House, hiss 1 House of Commons House of Go...
-Ind
Impassioned Impatient Imperceptible Imperfection Impetus Impious-ly Implacable-ility Impolicy Impolitic Important-ce Importunate-ly Imposed, impost 1 Impossible-ility ...
-Inf
Indefatigable Indefinite-ly Indemnification Indemnify-ty Indenture Independent-ce Indescribahle-y Indian territory Indiana Indicate, induct 2 Indication, induction 2 Indicted, ind...
-Ins
Insulation Insult-ed Insulting Insuperable inseparable 2 Insupportable-y Integrity Intellectual-ly Intelligence Intelligent Intelligible-ility Intemperance-ate Intend-ed ...
-Inv
Invert-ed Investigate Investigation Invisible-ilitj Invite-ed-ation Involve-d, never 2 Inward Iowa Iron, her own Irrational-Iy, rational ly 2 Irrecoverable Irregular, argue ...
-Lou
Leader, older 2, louder3 Learn Learned (v.) Learned (adj.) Learned counsel Learned friend Learned gentleman Learned Judge Legal-ity Legendary Legislate-ure Legislation Legislator ...
-Mig
Mechanic-al Mechanics' Institute Mechanism Medical Medical treatment Medicate Medicine Meditate, mediated 1 Mediterranean Medium, madam 2 Meet-ing, might; met 2 Melancholy Meli...
-Mor
Might not Mightest, mightiest Mightiness Mighty, empty 2 Migrate, emigrate 2 Miilion-th Mind, mint, may not 2 Mine, men, mean Minimum Minister, minster Minister of the Gospel Ministerial ...
-Nor
Necessary consequences Necessitate Necessitated Necessity Need not Needful Needless, endless 2 Negative Neglect-ed Negligent-ce Neither, entire; enter 2 Neutral-ity Neutralize ...
-Oft
North Carolina North-east North-eastern North-west North-western Not, night; nature 2 Nothing Notwithstanding Nourish-ment Nourished Now Nowhere, anywhere 1 Nuisanc...
-Own
Ordinary circumstances Organ Organic Organism Organized Organs-ize Origin, region 1 Original-ly Originality Ornament Ornamental Ornamentation Orthodox-y Ostentation Oaten tatio...
-Fsb
P Paganism Paid Painful Parallel Paralleled Parisian Parliament-ary Part-ed, proud ; appeared 1 Partiai-ly-ity Particle Particular, pride Partner Party (in law) Party of ...
-Pre
Phonographer Phonographic Phonography Photograph -ic Physical Piety, pity 2 Plaintiff, complaint 2 Platform Please, place 2 Pleasure, measure 3 Plenipotentiary Plenty-ful Pl...
-Pro
Precision, proceosion 2 Predestinate-d Predestination Predominance Predominant Predominate-d Pre-eminent Prejudice Prejudiced Preliminary Premise, promise 2 Preparation Prep...
-Rat
Public-ish-ed Public opinion Public spirit-ed-ness Publication Pnnctual-ity Punish-ed-ment Pure Purpose-ly Pursue Pursued, persuade 2 Pusillanim-ous-ity Put, apt Q Qualifica...
-Reg
Ratify Rational-ly-ity, irrational ly 1 Read (v.) Lord ; word 2 Read (part.) wode 2 Reader, harder 3 Readiness, redness Real-ly, rely ; rule 3 Reality, relate 2 Realization Realize R...
-Rev
Repute-ed Resemble-d-ance Reserve-ation Reserved Resignation Resist-able Resolution Respect-ed-ing-ful Respectable-ility Respective-ly Resplendent Resplendence Resp...
-Sat
Reward-ed Rhetoric-al Rhode Island Ride, reed; rude 3 Right Honorable Right Honorable Sir Right Reverend Righteous-ness Rise, raise 2, rouse 3 Roll, rill 1 Roman Catholic Roman Catholicism ...
-Sho
See, sea; say, so 2 S eiug, saying 2 Seemed, is made Seeming, something 2 Sees, cease ; says 2 See there, so there 2 Seize, size Seldom Selfish-ness, his wish 1 Senator, centre Sensi...
-Soo
Significance Signficancy Signification Significative Signify-ied, significant Simiilar-ity Simple-y-icity Simpler . Simplest Simplification Simplified Simplify Sing, song ; sang 3...
-Sed Sho Soo
Sooner, sinner 1 Sorrow, sorry Soul, sale; salvation 3 Sound; signed, sinnedl Sour, seer 1. sir, soar 2 South America South Carolina South east South eastern South west South west...
-Suc
Starry, story 2 State, stout 3 Stated, constitute-d 1 Statement Statesman-en Stationary-ery Statistics Stead, stayed ; stood 3 Steady, study Stenography-ic Stepping stone Stereoty...
-Sup
Succession Successive Succinct-ly Succor, secure 3 Succored, secured 3 Such a one Such are Such had Such had not Such have Such have had Such ought Such ought not Such ought net to have Su...
-Sta Suc Sup
Superfine Superincumbent Superinduced Superintend-ed-ent Superintendence Superior-ity Superior Court Superlative-ly Supernatural Superscription Superstition Supe...
-Tes
Sustained, consistent 1 Swindle Swindled Swindler Symbol Symbolized Symbol s-ize Sympathetic-ally Sympathy Synonyme System Systematic-al T Tabernacle Take it, ta...
-The
1 Testimonial Testimony Texas Than,thine 1. then 2 Than it, then it 2 Thank, hath, youth Thank their, think there 3 Thankful-ly-ness Thanksgiving That, without 2 The first The first is ...
-Tux
To be able to To become Together, go ; give-n 1 Told; tell it, till it 1 Tolerance Tolerant Tolerate-d Toleration To-morrow Too, two; all 1 Torment-ed Torpid-ity, tripped 1 Tou...
-Uni
Tuned, atoned, at hand Turn ; outrun, outran 3 Turned, tyrant 1 Twelve-th. it will have Two or three Twould have 'Twould have had Typography-ic-al Tyrannic-al U Ultimate-ly Ultimatum...
-Tc3 Tun Uni
U Unimaginable Unimagined Unimpissioned Unimportant-ce Unimproved Uuinielligible Union, noon; none 2 Unitarian Unitarianism United, untied 1 United Kingdom United S...
-Val
Unrequited Unreserved Unruly, unreal 1 Unsatisfactory-ily Unseasonable Unseasoned Unsectarian Unscriptural Unscrupulousness Unsecured Unseemly Unselfish-ly Unsophisticate-d ...
-Vul
Vanish Vegetable Vegetarian Vegetarianism Vegetate-d Venality Vermont Version, aversion 3 Very, every ;whoever 3 Veterinary Vexatious-ly-ness Vice President Vice versa...
-Whe
We rather, where are 2 We regard, we regret 1 We were, were we 2 We were no. We will, while ; will 2 We will not We would Weak, wake 2 awake 3 Weakened, awakened 3 Wednesday Weep,...
-Who
Whereby Wherefore Wherefore there is Wherein Whereof we are of 1 Wheresoever Wheresoever there is Wherever Wherever there is the Wherewith Whether, weather Whether there Which ...
-Wri
Within, heathen, thine Without, that 1 Withstand Withstood Woman, women 1 Wonder ful, when there 1 Wont, went; when it 1 Word ; Lord, read 1 Word of God Words of my text Words of our text Wor...
-Zes
Y Ye. year, years, yearly Yes; yours, yourself 2 Yesterday Yet; ye. year-s 1 Yield-ed You, beyond 1 You have You have not You think Young, language 2 Younger, angey-y Your Your ow...
-Exercise On The Reporting Logographs
An Imaginary Speech, by T. A. Reed. Mr. Chairman, I am neither able nor willing to address to this assembly many observations on the present occasion. I conceive it, however, my duty to comply with...
-Good And Bad Speaking
There are two classes of speakers whom it is difficult to report verbatim. The first is the speaker whose speech is not worth listening to, and who cannot therefore secure ihe attention of his audienc...
-Signals And Systems Of Writing: Ancient And Modern
By Hepworth Dixon. 1. The history of those discoveries in science, by the application of which human power is increased, and the progress of the race accelerated - at least in one direction - is al...
-Signals And Systems Of Writing: Ancient And Modern. Continued
5. First of all, written language was undoubtedly hieroglyphic - that is, it consisted of a series of pictures of thought: specimens of which occur on all the architectural and sculptural remains of a...
-The Gallery
By Charles J. Gratton. In shorthand skilled, where little marks comprise Whole words - a sentence in a letter lies. - Creech. [This interesting chapter from Mr. Gratton's work entitled The G...
-The Gallery. Part 2
11. I should like to see such a Parliament anywhere else! My Aunt and Mr. Dick represented the Government or the opposition, (as the case might be,) and Traddles, with the assistance of Enfield's spe...
-The Gallery. Part 3
19. In the case of a parson preaching a sermon, this would come to be of great service. If he had it written in shorthand, when he looked at his manuscript he could take in at a glance a whole sentenc...
-The Gallery. Part 4
24. The average rate of public speaking in general is about one hundred and twenty words per minute, and a tolerably quick longhand writer can only write about twenty-six words per minute. Now let us ...









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