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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Thus, if a Sinclair Executive had ever met its demise in the pocket of a notable personage, it most likely happened in England, not Moscow — yet without much proof either way, there remains the tantalising possibility that there is more to the story. Change is afoot in Shady Hollow, with an unusually tense election shaping up between long-serving Chief of Police Theodore Meade and Vera’s beau, Deputy Orville Braun.

This meant the calculator could run on tiny coin-shaped cells rather than the bulky cylindrical batteries of its competitors. If you like typography, writing, text, or just reading a great book, you should absolutely get this one. When everything was written down there was little to no uniformity in terms of symbols and their meanings. In time, paragraphs were introduced and a punctuation, that I never knew had a name, the pilcrow, appeared. For all ebook purchases, you will be prompted to create an account or login with your existing HarperCollins username and password.I loved seeing quotation marks from different countries, as well as the different drafts of the Interrobang and the various attempts at creating an irony mark.

Each chapter explains a bit about the mark and then goes through its history from ancient through modern times. Houston covers some of the same territory, noting that quotation marks arose from the Christian desire to be as exact and accurate as possible in attributing speech to Jesus.Vera and other characters sometimes find themselves in perilous situations but escape either with minor to moderate injuries or are unharmed. There are a few additional sentences to provide context as the baking process continues, but it mainly labels the emotions along with the expressive character. I never thought these symbols came from long traditions of stone carving, writing, note-taking, nor that they had anything at all to do with the rise of Christianity, the librarians of Alexandria, and ARPANET.

I think the most insightful thing I gleaned from this book was how much technology has influenced human language. a book about the history of punctuation marks should not be interesting and it should not be funny but shady characters is both. As she stirs up the still waters, the fox exposes more than one mystery, and the folks in Shady Hollow learn that some of their neighbours are lying, while others are downright dangerous. A charming and indispensable tour of two thousand years of the written word, Shady Characters weaves a fascinating trail across the parallel histories of language and typography.A big thank you to Jim Hughes at Codex99, whose article was the catalyst for my chapter on the HP-35. Ancient Greece, the dark ages, the Renaissance… turns out the spread of Christianity kind of depended on clear, standardized written communication.



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