[LMB] OT: Hisy fits, was copyedit con't
paal at filker.org
Fri Sep 18 23:27:31 BST 2015
The back of the throat noise is not really a hiss, though... hiss involves
an ess sound, nnot "ach" type sound--with out the ess, it is NOT a hiss!!!
Computer code has "escape characters" which indicate the the following
material, is other than executable code, etc.
"natural languages" tend to involve greater ambiguity.
Hmm, alas that Dr Whom dropped off the list many months back!
From: M. Haller Yamada
Sent: Thursday, September 17, 2015 11:35 PM
To: Discussion of the works of Lois McMaster Bujold.
Subject: Re: [LMB] copyedit con't
Micki: Self-proclaimed arbiter of language usage, here. I warn you, I tend
the adventurous, descriptive side of the language wars rather than the
But rather than bore you, I'll just ask a question: Is there any concensus
publishers for things like hyphenation? When I was a journalism student, you
the AP style manual, or a dictionary (I think it was Merriam-Webster; US
And since I have very strong, considered feelings about hissing, I'll add
can hiss from the back of your throat. And the sides of your mouth. There's
difference between a hiss and a growl and a not-hiss. I would try the
loud, and determine if it's hissing or not by the wind power. You don't need
hiss. And sometimes, you know, it's just a psychic hissing of steam, even if
person is saying, "Oh, banana-butt." (I do want to turn that curse into
butts", though, to keep the s. "My big fat banana butt" would have a hint of
in the "f".)
My deal is commas with quotes. It makes sense for me to put them inside a
quotation, but when used as air-quotes, I feel they belong outside of the
quote. That's British style, but not American. But it's so much more
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