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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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My screen is always sprinkled with tiny dots floating in midair between words and pilcrows hanging off of the edges of paragraphs. It covers various proposals over the years to create a mark or text style to indicate irony or sarcasm. But the more determined steps she takes to solve the murder, the more she is shadowed by someone who is determined to keep that dark deed, among others, a secret. If you like typography, writing, text, or just reading a great book, you should absolutely get this one.

Ancient Roman graffiti, Venetian trading shorthand, Cold War double agents, and Madison Avenue round out an ever more diverse set of episodes, characters, and artifacts. Along these lines, the characters themselves, while not crossing the line into being humans in animal clothing, so to speak, strike a perfect balance between exhibiting relatable human traits while retaining their animal personas, so readers can’t mistake that this is an animal’s world rather than animals transplanted into a human world. 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.

I was particularly fascinated by the detailed description of the typesetting used by Johannes Gutenberg for his 42 line bible, which was, after all, the 'Star Wars: A New Hope' of books. a book about the history of punctuation marks should not be interesting and it should not be funny but shady characters is both.

The book is often engrossing… An unusual triumph of the human ability to find exaltation in the mundane.There are photos of old texts that use the precursors to what we have now and, for the most part, they are reproduced well enough, but some less successfully than others. Pergamon, a regional center where animal hides were processed, had established a library that was attempting to compete with the library at Alexandra. 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). It might seem like writing about punctuation and typographical marks would be a rather narrow topic.

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.The narrative voice is light and humorous with fun references throughout the book, such as references to Sherlock Holmes: “Reichenbach Falls = bad spot for getaway vacation. I sometimes found it hard to pick out the character I was supposed to see in a faded and tattered Greek papyrus. It’s not that I harbor any particular dislike for such tales – they simply don’t hold an appeal for me as I find it difficult to mentally connect to animal characters who are usually set up to behave just like humans.

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