I’VE NOT DONE THIS BEFORE, but what the hey! To have additional information tied in with my other posts on typography, I have copied and pasted an entire article from Maria Popova’s Brain Pickings website. I have edited it so that you can read just the reviews here and move on certain books, or you can do the smart thing and click on over to Maria’s site and read the whole thing as she intended it.
WHERE DOES THE COMMA GO when it’s within a pair of quotation mark? Sometimes it’s within the quotation marks, sometimes it’s outside those same quote marks! Same with periods! And where do colons and semi-colons go? And en-dashes and em-dashes? [CONTINUE READING]
EYE-CATCHING TYPOGRAPHY has always interested me, even before art classes in high school. Recently I did some research in hopes of adding some typographical sparkle to my sites. I pulled several books from the library, each of which was enjoyable to read, educational, but of little assistance: the reason being that both WordPress and the themes that I am using are limited in how many of the ideas could actually be implemented. [CONTINUE READING]
NATRUAL-BORN SKEPTIC, that’s what I am! This is a word that is often misunderstood—and therefore misused—by many people, especially people intending it to be deprecatory. Merriam-Webster defines skepticism as “an attitude of doubting the truth of something (such as a claim or statement).” [CONTINUE READING]
A TALE OF TWO DISEASES was the attention-grabbing headline of the featured article received in today’s Mother Jones email newsletter. It addresses the devastating, life-shortening, genetic diseases sickle-cell disease (SCD), also known as sickle-cell anaemia (SCA), and cystic fibrosis. [CONTINUE READING]
WHAT THE FUCK PART 3 was written months ago as a follow-up the another posted piece, “what the fuck part 2 (an etymological look at everyone’s favorite four-letter word),” posted April 25, 2014. Both pieces more or less address the unkillable urban legend that the word fuck is an acronym—a word formed from the initial letter or letters of each of the successive parts or major parts of a compound term that form a new word). [CONTINUE READING]
THE FOLLOWING RAMBLE from me to you was borne of a thought that meandered into my head at 3:30 this morning. And, as the title tells you, it deals with the pronunciation of a word: signature (sig-nah-cher). [CONTINUE READING]
IF BUFFLAO WINGS WEREN’T SO DAMN SMALL that you can put a dozen of them into a basket in any bar in the country, whole herds could have escaped slaughter at the hands of the white man during the 19th century by simply flying away! [CONTINUE READING]