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Chapter 2. Daily Routine > Transcription

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Ideally, your shorthand is so reliable you can count on reading it even after the lapse of years. Just the same, sometimes it is not. When the material you've taken in shorthand is an unfamiliar subject, and you have to wait until the next workday before transcribing, take the time before leaving the office to scan your notes and check that they will be comprehensible later. A few minutes now may save an hour of puzzling later.

While transcribing your notes, always allow yourself to doubt a spelling now and then rather than hastily type what may be incorrect. When you have the slightest doubt, refer to the dictionary. If the word is one of those demons that you seemingly first have to know how to spell before you can even look it up, ask for help. Usually, at least one person in the office will welcome your inquiry. Computers, of course, have dictionaries built into them to check for spelling or typographical errors, but not every word is in every spell-check program. Be careful when you are correcting what you think is an error on your employer's part. Check a dictionary or a book on language usage, as it may be you who is mistaken.


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