On the Dot

On the Dot

The Speck That Changed the World

Book - 2008
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Despite the humble origins of its name, the dot has been one of the most versatile players in the history of written communication. The Humez brothers shed light on the dot in all its various forms--as a mark of punctuation and a notation in mathematics and music--take readers on an engaging tour of the highways and byways of language, ranging from the history of the question mark and its lesser known offshoots the point dʹironie and the interrobang, to acronyms and backronyms, power point bullets and asterisks, emoticons and the "at-sign."
Publisher: Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2008
ISBN: 9780195324990
Branch Call Number: 411 Hu
Description: xii, 256 pages ; 22 cm
Additional Contributors: Humez, Nicholas D.

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VaughanPLKarenL Jan 27, 2017

For a book that's on the dot, the authors take their time getting to the point, and once they've gotten to the point immediately at hand, they deviate just as quickly from it. If you're looking for a detailed history complete with a variety of examples that illustrate the development of the dot in written communication, this is probably not going to cut it. That being said, if you don't mind taking a little meander through various topics such as proofreading, computer languages, and what i.e., e.g., cf., ibid, and the like stand for, among many other digressions, then Humez & Humez are sure to delight you in this stream of consciousness of a book!


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