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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

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This was partially because the subject matter - the origin stories of punctuation symbols, weird and common - seemed sufficient quirky and yes, so incredibly nerdy, that it seemed bound to read a little differently, even for non-fiction. But language can also be a stubborn thing, with new symbols facing an enormous institutional and usage barriers.

Just as the nouveau-riche indulge in conspicuous displays of wealth like no truly wealthy person would, American intellectuals like Houston always try too hard to be literate and clever, made desperate by their transatlantic cultural inferiority complex. The novel also borrows from the classic structure, conventions, and plot twists of good, old fashioned detective fiction – despite the fact Vera Vixen, the lead character, is not a detective in the strict sense of the world.Christianity both drove and benefitted from the innovations in writing, printing, and punctuation in many ways taken for granted. Finance is provided by PayPal Credit (a trading name of PayPal UK Ltd, Whittaker House, Whittaker Avenue, Richmond-Upon-Thames, Surrey, United Kingdom, TW9 1EH). Houston has a knack for turning otherwise dry historical facts into a compelling narrative, picking out the thread of each character’s story while following it down all kinds of scenic side roads and intriguing back alleys. The forgotten manicule, the modest dash and the ampersand all make appearances, as do intriguing characters from millennia past.

By and by, TI worked the kinks out of its manufacturing processes and, eventually, started to make calculators in house. The book is often engrossing… An unusual triumph of the human ability to find exaltation in the mundane. Punctuation is so prevalent and seems so fixed that it is treated as just furniture in the house in which words live, and its origins and evolution are assumed or ignored.I went into this novel with a open mind, meaning I wasn’t sure what to expect and didn’t come bearing any preconceived notions. The publishers have added to the pleasure by having the text printed in two colours (black for the text, and a kind of ochre for all the typographic and other indicative marks which pop up all throughout the text). Each chapter, which highlighted one particular symbol, was short enough to consume in one sitting, making it easy to put down and pick up the book as needed. My screen is always sprinkled with tiny dots floating in midair between words and pilcrows hanging off of the edges of paragraphs. w czasie przeplatające się wątki i osnowy poszczególnych znaków, pozwala dostrzec współtworzoną przez nie tkaninę pisma jako takiego.

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