It is often repeated lore in the court reporting world that pianists make great court reporting students. Something about the required finger dexterity and mental exercise that comes from playing the piano is said to be translated over to the stenography machine. For this reason alone, one might conclude that musical maestro Johann Sebastian Bach would have made a great court reporter. However, Bach was also gifted with another characteristic, an anatomical anomaly, that could have made him an expert machine stenographer.
According to the September 2019 edition of National Geographic, Bach had formidable hand size.
The article entitled, “The Musical Greatness of Bach’s Hands” states that Bach’s hand size/reach was “nearly 8 1/2 inches from wrist to fingertips- and it’s reach, as much as 10 1/4 inches from thumb to last finger with the hand open wide…Using those measurements…Bach could play a position bridging 12 white keys.”
QUESTION: What is the largest cardinal number?
ANSWER: According to The Grammar Bible, the largest counting number is called a googolplex. A googolplex is 10 raised to the power of googol. A googol is ten raised to the power of 100. To write out a googolplex in numerical form, you have to write the number 1, with a googol of zeroes.
QUESTION: Who invented punctuation?
ANSWER: According to, “The Grammar Bible,” most scholars credit Aristophanes of Byzantium with the creation of punctuation.
QUESTION: What classic story do the words “Lilliputian” and “Brobdingnagian” originate from?
ANSWER: Gulliver’s Travels, by Jonathan Swift.
Lilliputian, which means, “very small,” comes from a locality in the tome, Lilliput, where very tiny people lived. Brobdingnagian, which means, “very large,” comes from a geographic location in Gulliver’s Travels, Brobdingnag, where giants resided.
[Source: The Grammar Bible]
QUESTION: Which state has the highest level of employment for court reporters?
ANSWER: According to Bureau of Labor Statistics’ May 2015 tabulation, the state of Maryland employs the most court reporters in the United States.
QUESTION: How many languages are there in the world?
ANSWER: According to BBC, there are about 7,000 different languages in the world. However, most of the languages in existence are not spoken by a large population of people. The BBC states that 90% of the existing languages are spoken by less than 100,000, and 46 languages have a solitary speaker.
I just started reading her autobiography, “Sorry, Not Sorry.” In her book, she talks about her great ability for recall. She says that she developed her memory by memorizing scripts before she could read or write. Naya Rivera also states that she can remember conversations she had months ago word-for-word. If that’s not an attribute that would make a great court reporter I don’t know what is.
QUESTION: What is the most widely spoken language in the world?
ANSWER: Mandarin Chinese. According to Ethnologue, 1,310,000,000 people speak Mandarin Chinese.
QUESTION: What is the Latin meaning of the word, “disco”?
ANSWER: To learn.
QUESTION: In what year was the stenography machine invented?
ANSWER: In 1879, the stenography machine was invented and patented by Miles Bartholomew.