Shady Characters – The Secret Life of Punctuation, Symbols, and Other Typographical Marks: The Secret Life of Punctuation, Symbols, & Other Typographical Marks

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Shady Characters – The Secret Life of Punctuation, Symbols, and Other Typographical Marks: The Secret Life of Punctuation, Symbols, & Other Typographical Marks

Shady Characters – The Secret Life of Punctuation, Symbols, and Other Typographical Marks: The Secret Life of Punctuation, Symbols, & Other Typographical Marks

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It would be tempting to lay the praise for this lovely book solely at the feet of Houston's engaging writing skills. She is both a respectable lady and journalist who seeks the truth, regardless whether it’s easy to accept or not.

I knew a little of the information already, but I didn’t even know the names of some of the symbols, much less their history. The 103 third parties who use cookies on this service do so for their purposes of displaying and measuring personalized ads, generating audience insights, and developing and improving products. This only adds to the plot’s sundry twists and turns as each chapter ends on a high note that compels readers to keep going.

This isn’t to say that the stories aren’t interesting, just that I found them less compelling than the stories of the punctuation marks that survived. I only finished Shady Characters an hour ago and if you put gun to my child's head I don't think I could provide a decent description of how the octothorp or ampersand came to be.

Herzstark’s tenacity in the face of one of the great atrocities of our time, and the ingenuity of the calculator that resulted, are equally worthy of note. One thing that very much surprised me was the Christian religion's role in shaping modern punctuation. With a Curta, a practiced user could add, subtract, multiply and divide numbers by adjusting a few sliders and then turning the crank on top.In reading this book, there were moments when the sound of Houston's ego echoed with every keystroke. And HP never looked back: the company that had once built engineering gadgets for engineers now aimed its products at the public at large. This is a collection of pre-coloured, double sided pages to create 3 different books which work alongside the A Book of Wonders template.

Houston peppers his accounts with witty insights, humorous anecdotes, and plenty of self awareness ( [In a footnote] "In honor of their [asterisk and dagger] role as footnote reference marks, I plan to fill this chapter with numerous lengthy and entirely tangential footnotes so as to take full advantage. This was partially because the subject matter - the origin stories of punctuation symbols, weird and common - seemed sufficient quirky and yes, so incredibly nerdy, that it seemed bound to read a little differently, even for non-fiction.The podcast 99% Invisible has an episode featuring Keith Houston talking about this book, which is definitely worth a listen if you enjoyed Shady Characters!



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