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Shady characters : the secret life of punctuation, symbols, & other typographical marks

Author: Keith Houston
Publisher: New York ; London : W.W. Norton & Company, [2013]
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : First editionView all editions and formats
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Revealing the secret history of punctuation, this tour of two thousand years of the written word, from ancient Greece to the Internet, explores the parallel histories of language and typography throughout the world and across time.
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Keith Houston
ISBN: 9780393064421 0393064425
OCLC Number: 829738463
Description: 340 pages ; 22 cm
Contents: The pilcrow --
The interrobang --
The octothorpe --
The ampersand --
The @ symbol --
The asterisk and dagger --
The hyphen --
The dash --
The manicule --
Quotation marks --
Irony and sarcasm. Irony in history ; Ironics ; Digital sarcasm.
Responsibility: Keith Houston.

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Tells the unexpected stories of some unusual, and familiar, typographical marks and reveals a history of writing. This book charts the lives of some of the most intriguing examples, like how the  Read more...

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