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aprylmontero
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PostPosted: Tue May 04, 2010 6:58 am    Post subject: Prescription scrip/script Reply with quote

Witness kept saying "script" as an abbreviation for prescription. How do you transcribe it? Do you use an apostrophe?
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PostPosted: Tue May 04, 2010 7:03 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

My former officemate worked at Schering-Plough for years before becoming a court reporter. She insisted it was scrip, so that's what I do. I know there's different schools of thought, but that's just the way I do it because of my officemate.

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PostPosted: Tue May 04, 2010 8:26 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

According to Random House, scrip is a receipt, certificate, list, scrap of paper; script is cursive writing, a document. With the T it could be interpreted to be a prescription. The reader would understand the testimony/question in a transcript with the use of either, but I think to be grammatically proper, argument for use of apostrophes would be acceptable -- 'script'.
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PostPosted: Tue May 04, 2010 9:50 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I personally wouldn't use the two-sided apostrophes. They may be corrrect, but I think they interfere with readability. At a glance, it looks like a quotation.

I think the word is common enough, especially in the medical community, that script is clear.
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PostPosted: Tue May 04, 2010 10:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Tamara

I think the word is common enough, especially in the medical community, that script is clear.

I don't disagree. It's just an option that would be grammatically correct. For readability and definition I think I would go with script
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