[Spellyans] Rules for the apostrophe

Craig Weatherhill craig at agantavas.org
Wed May 19 12:09:35 BST 2010

Do we say things like 'bollocks' on this list?  Naughty Michael.   
Straight to bed without any supper, I say.


On 19 Me 2010, at 11:02, Michael Everson wrote:

> On 18 May 2010, at 22:56, Eddie Climo wrote:
>> The answer to this imagined conundrum is actually quite simple, at  
>> least for ordinary writing: go to the Preferences of your word  
>> processor or text editor and switch OFF the ludicrously misnamed  
>> 'Smart' Quotes (they aren't really so 'Smart' after all).
> Bollocks. That is *entirely* unrealistic.
> Quotation marks, whether in English, Cornish, Irish, or any other  
> language, are high-frequency characters. Keyboards offer the dumb  
> apostrophe ' and the dumb quote " and lots of good word-processing  
> software (and higher-end typesetting software) quite correctly  
> transforms entered ' and " into 6 or 66 or 9 or 99 according to  
> context.
> It is wrong-headed to suggest that people should turn off smart  
> quotes. That might avoid the problem of initial apostrophes, but it  
> does nothing to improve Cornish typography. In fact, it would *ruin*  
> Cornish typography, because there would be nothing but dumb quotes  
> in Cornish publications.
> Bad idea.
> The right thing to do with regard to the problem of initial  
> apostrophe is to formulate simple rules which do away with the  
> problem. The rule "do not have a space before or after an  
> apostrophe" is such a rule.
>> For those who are typesetting Cornish text (rather than just text  
>> chatting or emailing their friends (or unfriends) on the Web, the  
>> answer is even simpler: if you can't handle the various types of  
>> quotes, then you have no business trying to typeset Cornish. Time  
>> to go back to theTutorials and review Quote Marks 101, eh?!
> In a text message for instance nothing more than a dumb quote is  
> expected or probably even possible. And there is nothing wrong with  
> that.
> I can only assume from your tone that you are just going for the  
> laugh, though, Eddie. Amusing as it might be, it hasn't addressed  
> the problem satisfactorily.
> The rules I proposed yesterday do.
> Michael Everson * http://www.evertype.com/
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