[Spellyans] Rules for the apostrophe
craig at agantavas.org
Wed May 19 12:09:35 IST 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
> 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
> 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.
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