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Friday, November 4, 2011

Daily Dorkgasm

The Wall Street Journal has an interesting article about punctuation today.

I really wish the "snark" was on my keyboard.

But did you know that the space (yup. you're loved-by-your-thumbs spacebar) is a form of punctuation?

Check out this lovely blog post about emoticons by Anne Trubek! Here's my favorite excerpt.
"A space is a punctuation mark, remember, so in those days, everyone used a script called scripta continua, which, as you may guessed, meant therewerenospacesbetweenwords. As more people began reading, itbecamehardertoreadthedamnedmanuscripts, and punctuation marks were invented to ease reading aloud."

2 comments:

zack said...

You can get your snark on, on a mac without too much pain in the ass.

Command+Option+T should get you a character palette. Click on the little gear icon in the top left, Customize list, Check off "All Punctuation", OK, find your snark, select it, Command+C to copy it.

Open up Language and Text preferences and set up a symbol and text substitution to replace that inverted question mark (Shit+Option+?) with your snark mark. (Lo siento, hablantes de EspaƱol)

Step 3: Profit⸮

Becca Anderson said...

This is so exciting, but can you show me in person‽ I don't see the snark on my character palette.