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Colonic irritation

2 May 2003

[One chapter later...]

Hah! They're trying to make me conform to that bizarre American habit of using a capital letter after a colon, treating the second part almost as a separate sentence, and I will not do it. A colon does not imply that strong a break. Fowler says that it delivers the goods that have been invoiced in the preceding words; that is sweet. I don't know whether it supports my position exactly, but who cares?

Oh, and propos of nothing much, Emerson says that a foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds. An ideal fall-back position for someone locked in mental conflict with a copy-edit.


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