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Shady Characters

The Secret Life of Punctuation, Symbols, & Other Typographical Marks

Houston, Keith

Book - 2013
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Shady Characters

Publisher: New York ;, London :, W.W. Norton & Company,, [2013]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 0393064425
Characteristics: xi, 340 pages :,illustrations ;,22 cm


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Dec 03, 2014
  • Ruddy1 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Totally awesome #mostinterestingbook LOL This book is a collection of "serious" scholarship" about punctuation and symbols used in print. Even the footnotes are entertaining. The author has a lovely sense of humour, and a clever ability to tell stories about them all - stories ranging all over the map and time. If you love trivia - read it.

Jan 27, 2014
  • DEWLine rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Intriguing work about some of the most surprising things: punctuation symbology.

Aug 22, 2013
  • acornsandnuts rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Charming and full of the most interesting stories, not just about punctuation, but about ARPANET, and the Romans, and the library of Alexandra, and the invention of printing, and the revolution of typewriters... leave by your bedside and dip in and out. Completely enjoyable.


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Dec 27, 2014
  • quagga rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

"Then came the Internet, plucking many a shady character from obscurity and thrusting them back into the light. The quotidian @ symbol became indispensable; the octothorpe was recast as the dashing hashtag, and the interrobang gained a new generation of admirers. The mythical ironics had their long-awaited debut, and the irony mark was revived too, though their new lease on life came with a caveat. The subtle shadings of verbal irony were bleached flat in the blinding glare of the new medium: what the Internet really wanted to communicate was not irony, but its laser-guided offspring, sarcasm."


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