July 7th, 2008

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Answer: How do you punctuate stammering speech?

verilyverity asks: How do you punctuate stammering speech?

with examples from Wonderfalls, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, NCIS, and Stargate: SG-1

There are few characters continually afflicted with a stutter or stammering speech, but occasionally characters get tongue-tied and writers have to somehow punctuate that speech. So, how do you punctuate a word to show a stutter, or punctuate a sentence for stammering speech?

There are two pieces of punctuation that will be your companions for these particular speech impediments: the hyphen and the comma.

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