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“If commas are open to interpretation, hyphens are downright Delphic”*…


The tilde is 3,000 years old, but is there any grapheme that’s more ~of the times~? The little traveling worm, originally designed to convey approximation (and used in Spanish and Portuguese to denote certain sounds), expresses so much more: strangeness, emotional and physical distance — but perhaps most importantly, sarcasm…

The twisted mark’s twisted story in its entirety at “The Internet Tilde Perfectly Conveys Something We Don’t Have the Words to Explain.”

– Mary Norris (the New Yorker‘s “Comma Queen”)


As we move our fingers to the upper left of our keyboards, we might send rib-tickling birthday greetings to Moses Harry Horwitz; he was born on this date in 1897.  Better known by his stage name, “Moe Howard,” he was the de facto leader of The Three Stooges, both on stage and off.

Moe, flanked by Curly and Larry, in The Three Stooge’s classic “Disorder in the Court



Written by LW

June 19, 2017 at 1:01 am

Reading ‘ritten ‘rithmetic…

Long-time (pre-blog) readers may recall the amazing Jessica Hagy and her hilarious site, Indexed.  Now, a fellow-traveller:  Craig Damrauer and New Math…  where one can find a weekly distillation of wisdom into algorithmic form.

See them all here.

As we balance our equations, we might smile a memorial smile for Moe Howard, who died on this date in 1975.  Howard was born in Brooklyn in 1897; he went on to perform with his friend Larry Fine and his brothers Curly, then Shemp, with whom he appeared in 190 shorts and more than 20 feature-length films:  first with Ted Healey as “Ted Healey and his Stooges”; then, simply– and marvelously– as The Three Stooges.  Nyuck, nyuck!

source: AllPosters

Written by LW

May 4, 2009 at 1:01 am

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