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Started by xiombarg, September 22, 2003, 02:13:08 PM
Quote from: LxndrI normally wouldn't say something, but in a nitpicker thread, I have to:You have a pendant inside you? Aren't you supposed to hang those around your neck?
Quote from: ValamirBeing one who plays fast and loose with punctuation myself, I have to say that punctuation "rules" are about the most ridiculous pointlessly arbitrary constructs in the English language.
Quote What little point most of them have is lost given that most people don't know the rule anyway and never get the point (like the one about leaving the quotation open at the end of a paragraph when the new paragraph continues the same quote...but yet you still have to put a new opening quote mark at the beginning...stupid)
QuoteSo, for me, I didn't find it very troublesome. But then I've gotten used to internet punctuation, which is all pretty much make it up as you go along anyway.
Quote...stray thought #2...I wonder how long before using emoticons in formal writing becomes an acceptable practice...
Quote from: JSDiamondThat's the way I 'hear' it when I read it anyway. I didn't know if it was a grammar rule. It just looks that way to me, so I emulate it because it reads (sounds) like natural speech.Does that make any sense? Or am I totally off the mark?
Quote from: JSDiamondI must be thinking of those old yellow-spine DAW sci-fi novels. I'm at work right now, but I'm going to look through some books at home just to see if I can find this thing.
Quotebut if it's actually a stylistic reference to old novels I've never read, that's kinda cool...
Quote from: JSDiamondYou know what? I *have* seen the '--' version of that. But I always wondered why two dashes instead of one.Now you guys got me thinking about it. I reckon that maybe it's two dashes because in most trade paperbacks the single dash would be too small to define within that already small font?Or maybe there's a grammar rule about one dash being a kind of link between words (e.g., "life-like" or "cobalt-blue")
Quote from: Valamirso where's the name "em" dash come from?
Quote from: Ben Lehman(if you look below you will find one of the only times it is acceptable to have a period outside of your quote. Score!)