Shady Characters – The Secret Life of Punctuation, Symbols, and Other Typographical Marks: The Secret Life of Punctuation, Symbols, & Other Typographical Marks

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Shady Characters – The Secret Life of Punctuation, Symbols, and Other Typographical Marks: The Secret Life of Punctuation, Symbols, & Other Typographical Marks

Shady Characters – The Secret Life of Punctuation, Symbols, and Other Typographical Marks: The Secret Life of Punctuation, Symbols, & Other Typographical Marks

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Can Vera uncover the truth before a potential killer strikes again – and makes Vera its latest victim? Some have larger roles than others, but seeing such a diverse range of persons and personalities lends a sense of realism to a clearly unreal world. Challenging missions into the Arctic to monitor a Soviet Navy exercise from Mildenhall lasting up to 12 hours, made even more difficult by fog and snow at this British airbase.

How about hyphens and dashes--they are not the same thing and dashes come in many forms including en dash and em dash. I love the way how the subject marks in each chapter are printed in red, which helps to read the book without disruption.

The story of these marks is slippery enough as it is without endless asides further muddying the pool. She is both a respectable lady and journalist who seeks the truth, regardless whether it’s easy to accept or not. I had finished the book within a week even with a busy Christmas period, testifying to its ease of reading and compulsive topic. Two which can still be seen today are the manicule (☛) and the pilcrow (¶), while the interrobang (‽) seems to have made some headway. When I first stumbled upon this book, I thought it may be an answer to one of my deepest hopes – a detailed reference on various obscure punctuation and how to use it.

I note that each of these transitions (and transitions from letter press to offset press printing) all were criticized for their initial lack of quality compared to the out-going technology. The rest of the book follows much the same pattern, with trips through the birth of textual criticism in the Great Library of Alexandria, the lasting influence of Roman weights and measures, the invention of the printing press and the birth of typography, the invention of the novel, the standardization of keyboards and telephone keypads, and the beginnings of the internet.however, some clever scribe stitched a stack of vellum pages together on one edge, creating the first book.

The chapter on the hyphen was a little dry in parts, and I was never quite able to picture montype/linotype. We won’t go into the mechanics of it all here, * but, in essence, a slide rule helps its user to multiply numbers simply by reading off a pair of distances, as on a conventional ruler. I’m not exactly sure why book designers would have the horizontal margins the wrong way round, so to speak, but I’d guess at a couple of reasons: to achieve a visually pleasing layout, and to leave some space for marginal notes.

The author wants you to understand the tight-knit camaraderie that is generated by those who fly and support the U-2 in the US Air Force. Curry had been dispatched with a replacement calculator to placate Rothschild, who had once been Sinclair’s banker. This isn’t to say that the stories aren’t interesting, just that I found them less compelling than the stories of the punctuation marks that survived. Pilcrows and octothorpes and interrobangs—it was a fun, tongue-in-cheek experience for any lover of linguistic trivia.

The fox has a nose for news, so when she catches wind that the death might be a murder, she resolves to get to the bottom of the case, no matter where it leads. Entertaining and perceptive, Shady Hollow is fast-paced and witty, with characters that jump off the page and a hugely satisfying mystery to solve. The next books in the series will be out soon ( Cold Clay on 5th March and Mirror Lake on 28th April), so you don’t have to wait long to find out what happens next! I recently received a review copy of Keith Houston’s new book, Shady Characters: The Secret Life of Punctuation, Symbols, and Other Typographical Marks , based on his excellent blog of the same name.Shady Hollow is only one such community, where woodland creatures of all types and temperaments, from the tiny mouse to the mighty moose, live together in a successful and mostly peaceful society. Henry is thrilled with his 1955 Buick Century, which he bought at the local auto show, and can’t wait to show it to her. For all ebook purchases, you will be prompted to create an account or login with your existing HarperCollins username and password. If you love the written word (which, I would hope most people on this site do), this was a wonderfully illuminating work that will give you a greater appreciation for what we have today.



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