Sunday, January 18, 2009

Semi-colonoscopy



Ok, sorry. I couldn't resist...

3 comments:

Eccentric Scholar said...

Sometimes when we pause between two complete thoughts, we digress. Semicolons seem perfect for announcing footnotes.

gary barwin said...

Absolutely. I do love footnotes and other things which interrupt the linear reading of texts. Like DC al Coda or del Segno in music.


And things that mark pauses from the flow of the text.

When one reads English texts with Hebrew words in it you have to jump to the end of the Hebrew word and then read "backwards" for the duration of the word or phrase and then jump to the next English word and continue on in the left to right direction.

Chris said...

A belated RIP Kurt Vonnegut.

I have an article on Hebrew glosses in Latin manuscripts sitting there, aching to be read by me, and I am curious how medieval people dealt with the bidirectionalism.