Posted on November 22nd, 2013
Well, hello there! I know, I know, it’s been ages. All is well, fear not! I’m still alive and translating. I just haven’t had much inspiration lately to write something here.
I’ve just finished two great books today. A classic: Nick Hornby’s A Long Way Down. Hilarious, heart-warming and un-put-downable (is that a word?) and another very funny, yet serious book about punctuation: Eats, Shoots & Leaves by Lynne Truss. I know it sounds a bit boring: a whole book about punctuation, but it’s not one of those university, scholarly, pedantic style books. It’s actually really funny and very instructive. It does help if you’re interested in language and punctuation though. I am now feeling very self-conscious about using punctuation.
Just two excerpts to intrigue you (and hope encourage you to read it). I’ll leave out all the bits about actual punctuation signs (but they’re really, really great too) and go straight to the reflection about our ways of communicating and the way we use it. Here’s a bit about reading today and unavoidably the internet:
She also reflects uponthe fact that languages evolve and that “while massive change from the printed word to the bloody electronic signal is inevitably upon us, we diehard punctuation-lovers are perhaps not as rigid as we think we are. And we must guard against over-reacting”. Yep, things change. And we can deal with it.
There’s also some very funny bits about emoticons