Something to think about . . .
Like you don’t have enough to think about in this multi-tasking profession, how many of you obsess over punctuation while producing your transcripts?
Yes, it’s important.
Yes, it’s time consuming.
Yes, it’s necessary.
How much time in total do you spend on this one task?
There are Facebook pages you can go to and ask your punctuation questions, and you will get many different answers sometimes. Choose the one that quotes a rule for you, if one does. You will probably need to use this resource from time to time when what you’re trying to punctuate just doesn’t fit with any of the rules. But you know that once you’re on Facebook, you’re not usually just going to ask a punctuation question and get back to work!
Here are three simple suggestions that might cut down on your “obsessing” time:
- Follow the basic rules that you have learned.
Use consistent references for court reporting:
School punctuation manuals, Lillian Morson, Gregg Reference Manual.
- Run-on sentences are always a problem.
A simple rule to follow in breaking up run-ons is:
Something doing something is a sentence. In light of the way people speak, you have to begin
sentences with words like and, or, because, so, you know.
- Those situations where the speaker has poor grammar, false starts, improper word usage is always a problem.
Since you have to work with what they have said, just be consistent in the punctuation. Readability is
important so being consistent with the way you punctuate that speaker will help the reader.
These three things will cut down on the time you spend on this!
Author: Colette Wayda, CCR