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help with spelling

Has anyone heard of "co-codone"? I have a witness who keeps saying he's taking "co-codone" all with the long O sound -- like KO-KO-DONE. Google keeps saying "did you mean co-codeine," which then doesn't have any definition for that anyway. But witness is definitely pronouncing it with long O's -- not KO-DEEN. Anyway, any help out there? Thanks

Added by Melissa Hill on October 25, 2009 at 15:35 — 6 Comments

When witnesses make sound effects, what do you do?

Just trying to get some advice. I've been reporting for many years now, but I've always wondered what to do when witnesses make sound effects. You know, as an example, "Yeah. I was traveling down the road and the car just went right through the center divide" and then the witness made this crunching, banging noise! I'm thinking I should put some kind of blurb in parenthesis, i.e., (witness makes sound) or (unintelligible) or something to indiciate that he made a sound effect, you know? Any… Continue

Added by Melissa Hill on February 7, 2009 at 11:27 — 9 Comments

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