“The Years in 2000” Problem

Margie Wakeman Wells Numbers 9 Comments

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 2-0-7. What to do??”

I am going to go out on a limb here and say that we just transcribe the year as it should be. I know; I know. It is not verbatim as it was said. My argument would be that the witness/attorney/judge have no idea they are saying it in a strange way — duh! Don’t we have this problem all the time?? If you transcribe “2-07” or “2’07,” they are going to look at it and wonder, “What is that reporter doing? I didn’t say that.”

Just as we don’t put in the “and” in the number 427, I recommend we transcribe the year as it should be — said “2-0-7”; transcribe “2007.”

Happy punctuating.

Margie

 

Comments 9

  1. Hey, Margie!

    Just as we don’t put in the “and” in the number 427, I recommend we transcribe the year as it should be — said “2-0-7?; transcribe “2007.”

    Bravo!

    With both of us out on this limb, let’s hope it doesn’t snap off!

    1. Post
      Author
  2. Margie, my friend, there are questions pending for which we need your input. (See the “because” thread and the preposition thread, please.)

  3. I understand Margie is all over the upper mid-west this week. Internet service may not have been discovered up there yet. 🙂 Give her a few days to get back to you.

    JWS

  4. Your take on the matter sounds great to me. What I really wanted to comment on was that you were in Fergus Falls. That’s where I’m from. Well, actually I’m from Pelican Rapids, which is just up the road from Fergus. Wish I was there now! 🙂

    1. Wow. You are from really beautiful country. We have driven from Minneapolis to Bismarck, then up to Grand Forks, and are now in Albertville on our way back to Minneapolis to go home — 1,100 miles. What a lovely part of the country this is. And, yes, I know we are here for the good part. A guy said yesterday, “In North Dakota we have two seasons: winter and road repair, and they never overlap.”

    2. Post
      Author

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *