[scribus] shadycharacters.co.uk

Barry McKenna bmcken at pobox.com
Wed Aug 10 21:31:41 UTC 2011


Thanks for the link to shadycharacters: It's just astounding that his 
post on the pilcrow drew so many comments, which likely means that 
there are more than just a small few who are concerned about the 
'roots' of the 'trees' in our forest. I had just acquired Maryanne 
Wolf's "Proust and the Squid: The Story and Science of the Reading 
Brain." Upon learning of the 'ox-turning' I immediately, to my 
disappointment, looked in the index, hoping to find a reference 
there. Unfortunately not. But thanks to you, I have indeed learned a 
few things that may already lend me a heightened perspective on what 
she DOES include.


On 8/10/2011 7:33 AM, Andreas Vox wrote:
> Gregory Pittman<gregp_ky at ...>  writes:
> ...
>> There are a number of typographical insertions which indeed can be overused:
> ...
>> 3. excessive use of commas. This is something that clearly has been a
>> moving target over time. If you look at books from the 18th, 19th, and
>> early 20th centuries, they are used in great abundance, separating any
>> collection of words that might be interpreted as a phrase, modifier, or
>> anything outside of a simple sentence structure. I think things are
>> coming around to the idea that you should read a comma as inserting a
>> short pause for the reader, so that if a pause is clearly necessary,
>> then probably a comma should be inserted, but if it makes just as much
>> sense without a pause, then omit it.
> Which is in fact the reason why comma, colon and period where invented
> in the first place:
> http://www.shadycharacters.co.uk/2011/02/the-pilcrow-part-1/
> This is a very interesting blog, make sure you check out other shady
> characters like at-sign, ampersand, interobang and octothorpe, too! :-)
> /Andreas
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