- The semicolon, mannered, foppish, sincere
- The colon, officious, waxed, but willing to negotiate—as long as standards are obeyed
- The apostrophe is utterly offhand, but trustworthy
- The parenthesis (sturdy, a bit dull)
This is a short book, but it is as dense as a diamond. It is as tragic as a Spanish pieta, but it is completely heretical.
So says The Irish Times about Colm Tóibín’s The Testament of Mary.
And Esperanza promises that when she escapes from Mango Street, she’ll be back to help the ones who can’t.
The American Society for Indexing has awarded the 2013 H.W. Wilson Award to a long-time friend and colleague, Kate Mertes.
Kate’s winning index is to Montesquieu’s My Thoughts (Mes Pensées) , published by the Liberty Fund. The Wilson Award Committee has also commended the publisher for enhancing the usability of Kate’s complex index with an elegant design and layout. I cannot wait to see it!
Until his death in 1755, Montesquieu maintained notebooks in which he wrote ideas on a wide variety of topics. Montesquieu called these notebooks, Mes Pensées. They appear in English for the first time in this edition.
English usage and grammar is a hot mess, to be frank: rules that contradict hundreds of years of use appear out of nowhere and for no discernible reason; spelling is off the hook; and even when something is nice and tidy (“sneak” entered English in 1594 and its past tense was “sneaked”) we complicate it needlessly (“snuck” showed up in the 1800s for no good reason and is now considered a standard past tense of “sneak” in the US). The reality is that many of the bits of grammar that we think of as wrong are actually just a matter of preference.
Thanks for that, Kory Stamper, and Happy Grammar Day!
From January 28 until March 15, I will be out of the country with limited access to phone and e-mail. During that time please get in touch with Lisa DeBoer at email@example.com. She will be minding the shop for Colleen Dunham Indexing and will be able to track me down if necessary.