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English term or phrase:Expression for people talking over each other.
In a written transcript of a group interview, what would you put down to indicate unintelligible passages on account of people’s talking simultaneously or shouting each other down? I'm looking for a succinct form like a noun, but would be glad of any suggestion, particularly from someone with experience in audio transcriptions.
Explanation: I ought to have an answer for this, having worked on audio monitoring for the RAF and BBC for about 36 years, but I can't remember what was used for this particular form of audibility problem in either of them. But the above is the best I can come up with.
Thank you all for you help. The point that one need not specify is well taken; in this instance, however, I wished to make a distinction between run-of-the-mill non-intelligibility and the complete cacophonic chaos you get when you interview four General Practitioners just after lunch. To this end, I found “voices overlaid” quite authoritative sounding. Cheers Jack!