Just Some Stuff This Morning

Margie Wakeman Wells Numbers, The Quotation Mark Leave a Comment

When someone says “quote/unquote,” use a slash mark in between the words. Surround them with appropriate punctuation. Use the quote marks also. When the attorney says “okay” before he starts a question — more or less a response to the last answer — English says to paragraph after “okay” as it is a thought of its own. (Some reporters do …

Thoughts on the Word “O’clock”

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We have differing opinions about the word o’clock and theĀ :00. Some of us were taught that o’clock should be transcribed as “:00” by those wonderful, hard-working teachers of our youth [always have to put in a plug for teachers]. Others of us go by the verbatim mantra: If a word was said, I transcribe it. The problem is compounded by …

“The Years in 2000” Problem

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Good morning, In Fergus Falls, MN, this morning, headed for Bismarck, ND, and then Grand Forks — two groups of fabulous North Dakota reporters. This question came up on my page on Facebook: “More and more since we have entered the year 2000 and beyond, people are starting to shorten the years as they say them. It’s not 2007; it’s …