Bits and bobs Q4 2013

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Published on February 5, 2014

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A summary of blog posts about various bits & bobs in the 4th quarter of 2013, from October to December.

Bits & bobs: December 2013 The development of the alphabet The internet is a wonderful thing. You never know what you will find next, or where interesting things will turn up. My husband found this animation of the development of the alphabet on PistonHeads: http://i.imgur.com/TI8cX45.gif I think it is interesting how some letters have moved around. Good words we no longer use Language changes all the time. New needs arise and fashion changes, but sometimes you wonder how anyone wanted these words in the first place. Here is an interesting list of words that have died out: http://ow.ly/sNGmr We've missed a trick by letting snollygoster fall into disuse! How to translate ouch!! Language is a powerful tool. Most of them give us a broad range of words to express a variety of things, thoughts, & emotions. But sometimes we just open our mouths & make a sound. This post examines what happens when we feel pain suddenly. It is interesting how different the reaction is, depending on our native language is: http://ow.ly/sNGTg The Proof Angel is the trading name of Sarah Perkins, freelance editor and proofreader. www.the­proof­angel.co.uk or http://ow.ly/sNlFs © Sarah Perkins 2014

When a typo creeps in Spell checkers are wonderful things, but they have limitations. We all know stories about errors that were missed because the word is real, but not the one required. I suppose the more imaginative the work, the less likely it is that anyone will notice. We all expect poetry to be slightly unusual, so perhaps that explains why these errors have crept into publication: http://ow.ly/sNHqN I wonder how many other examples have gone unnoticed. Automatic writers We take technology so much for granted these days, and we sometimes forget what our ancestors achieved. For those of you who missed the recent repeat of the BBC documentary about automaton, here is the amazing doll who can write any short message. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FUa7oBsSDk8 And these days we are impressed that we can draw something & get it made by a 3D printer. I wonder what this maker could have done with our technology? If you are interested in this sort of thing, here is the whole programme, including another doll who can draw: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5rVevX­YXqo And while we are on the subject, here is a much simpler hand: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VDwJ4K3g6Zs Some original book shop signs Proof that all you need to drum up trade is a well placed shop, some blackboards and a bit of imagination. Have a look at these bookshop signs from Australia. I'm not sure that the world really does need fewer night clubs & more book clubs ­ isn't there room for both? http://ow.ly/sNHAi The book dominoes world record This is really clever, utterly fascinating, and very skillful, but you have to admit it is a complete waste of time. The world record for book dominoes has just been broken: http://ow.ly/sPZ7V www.the­proof­angel.co.uk or http://ow.ly/sNlFs © Sarah Perkins 2014

Think of all the planning that went into it. How long do you think they spent working out the correct books to pick? Nothing too floppy, because they wouldn't stand up. Nothing too thick, because they might not push over easily enough. Anyway, it was all done to inspire us to read more, so now we'd better show our appreciation. Off you go & read something! Language history in 100 places Here is an interesting perspective on the history of language development. The English Project asked people to suggest places which shaped the English language. It seems an odd concept, but once you get started along that line of thought it is quite intriguing. You can read about some of the landmarks that have been suggested: h http://ow.ly/sPZHZ or you can suggest your own ideas: http://ow.ly/sQ04b So what do you do with an old library book? Birmingham opened a new central library earlier this year. You might have seen the blaze of publicity that accompanied it. The attractions contained in the new building now include a display of art works made out of surplus books from the old collection. I wonder what the authors would make of all this? http://ow.ly/sQ0m2 How spelling caused a case to collapse Generally people have two problems with spelling: • The words we can never remember, or always look wrong when we've written them, and • The words we think we know. Of course the greatest problem is the latter. We don't pause to think about it, or even look the word up, because it just doesn't cross our minds. Sometimes that tells other people far more than the basic fact that the writer can't spell. In this case it exposed concocted evidence: http://ow.ly/sNThs www.the­proof­angel.co.uk or http://ow.ly/sNlFs © Sarah Perkins 2014

The most contentious When a typo creeps inletter in the alphabet Well, checkers are wonderful things, but they the limitations. is all Spell who would have thought it? According tohave Guardian, H Wethe most stories about errors the were missed because the word is real, know contentious letter in thatalphabet: but not the one required. http://ow.ly/sNTAr I suppose a surpriseimaginative anything as ordinary as a letter could It is quite the more to me that the work, the less likely it is that anyone will notice. We all expect poetry to be slightly unusual, so will cause a fuss. I can see that when a new letter is introduced there perhaps that explains why these errors have crept into publication: be some discussion between those who welcome the wonderful new idea & those who think it is new fangled nonsense. http://ow.ly/sNHqN If the Normans brought H examples in 1066 you'd think we'd have got I wonder how many other with them have gone unnoticed. used to it long ago. But I'd forgotten the snob value. Strange that the Automaticcan be taken as an indication of both ends of the class same letter writers scale. Posh people dropmuch for granted these based and we We take technology so the letter from French days, words like hotel, while at theforget what our ancestors achieved. For those of you who sometimes other extreme... missed the recent repeat of the BBC documentary about automaton, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gUQpoyfbWJ0 here is the amazing doll who can write any short message. Ode to http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FUa7oBsSDk8 the Typographical Error Herethese days we are poem: And is an anonymous impressed that we can draw something & get it The typographical error is made by a 3D printer. I wonder what this maker could have done with our technology? thing and sly; A slippery If you are interested you aresort of but You hunt till in this dizzy, thing, here is the whole programme, including another doll who can draw: It somehow will get by. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5rVevX­YXqo And while we are on the subject, here is a much simpler hand: Until the forms are on the press, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VDwJ4K3g6Zs It is strange how still it keeps. It shrinks down in a signs Some original book shopcorner, And never stirs drum up Proof that allityou need to or peeps.trade is a well placed shop, some blackboards and a bit of imagination. Have a look at these bookshop signs from Australia. I'm not sure is That typographical error that the world really does need fewer night clubs & more book clubs ­ isn't there room for both? Too small for human eyes, http://ow.ly/sNHAi Till ink is on the paper, When it grows world record The book dominoes to mountain size. This is really clever, utterly fascinating, and very skillful, but you have to admit it is a complete waste of time. www.the­proof­angel.co.uk or http://ow.ly/sNlFs © Sarah Perkins 2014

The boss, he stares When a typo creeps in with horror, Then he grabs his hair and groans. Spell checkers are wonderful things, but they have limitations. We all know storiescopyreader drops his head The about errors that were missed because the word is real, but not the one required. Upon his hands and moans. I suppose the more imaginative the work, the less likely it is that anyone will notice. We all expect poetry to be slightly unusual, so perhapsThe remainderwhythe issue mayhave crept into publication: that explains of these errors Be clean as clean can be, http://ow.ly/sNHqN But the typographical error have gone unnoticed. I wonder how many other examplesis The only thing you see Automatic writers The history of spelling reform We take technology so much for granted these days, and we Here is a nice potted history of attempts to tidy For English spelling: sometimes forget what our ancestors achieved. up those of you who missed the recent repeat of the BBC documentary about automaton, http://ow.ly/sNUFx here is the amazing doll who can write any short message. I'm not convinced we are ever going to get anywhere with this one until we http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FUa7oBsSDk8 last few all pronounce our words in the same way. Over the decades, it has we are more acceptable to use regional accents, And these days becomeimpressed that we can draw something & get it which is a 3D printer. But it sets us back maker could have done with made bya good thing. I wonder what this on the spelling point, doesn't it? our technology? If you are interested in this sort of thing, here is the whole But apart from all that, what did the Romans ever do for us? programme, including another doll who can draw: Those of us who didn't have Latin rammed down our throats at school http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5rVevX­YXqo might be surprised how much influence the Romans had on the English And while we are on the subject, here is a much simpler hand: language: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VDwJ4K3g6Zs http://ow.ly/sNUQY Those of us who book shop signs aware of all this. I wonder how Some original did will probably be many others in this category wish they had paid more attention to Proof that all you need to drum up trade is a well placed shop, some those lessons? blackboards and a bit of imagination. Have a look at these bookshop signs from Australia. I'm not sure that the world really does need Some anagram fun fewer night clubs & more book clubs ­ isn't there room for both? Here is a nice list of anagrams from the Independent. I was a bit http://ow.ly/sNHAi disappointed, as I thought they were all going to be based on London Underground stations, so I looked into it a bit further: The book dominoes world record http://ow.ly/sNVekl This is really clever, utterly fascinating, and very skillful, but you have The full versioncomplete wasteUnderground anagram map seems to to admit it is a of the London of time. have disappeared from the web. You can see the whole thing, but it is www.the­proof­angel.co.uk or http://ow.ly/sNlFs © Sarah Perkins 2014

too blurred to read, & the link to the real thing doesn't work: When a typo creeps in http://ow.ly/sNVzt Spell checkers are wonderful things, but they have limitations. We all Fortunately you can get a that were missed know stories about errors flavour of it here: because the word is real, but not the one required. http://ow.ly/sNVKi I suppose the more imaginative the work, the less likely it is that The speed notice. We all expect poetry to be slightly unusual, so anyone will of languages perhaps that explains why these errors away crept into publication:I'd Sometimes we talk of people jabbering have in foreign languages. always assumed that it sounded fast because I didn't understand what http://ow.ly/sNHqN was being said. When we watch a film with subtitles, even in a I wonder how many other examples have gone unnoticed. language we understand, it is clear that the subtitles are simplified for speed. This can add to the impression that other languages are faster Automatic writers than our own. We take technology so much for granted these days, and we Here are the results of some sensible research into the speed and sometimes forget what our ancestors achieved. For those of you who density of a sample of languages: missed the recent repeat of the BBC documentary about automaton, http://visual.ly/speed­language here is the amazing doll who can write any short message. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FUa7oBsSDk8 The history of the speech bubble And these days we are impressed that we can draw something & get it One of the nicest things about browsing in a bookshop is the range of made by a 3D printer. I wonder what this maker could have done with subjects covered. There are books about all sorts of things I'd never our technology? have thought about as a book. Of course second hand books are If you are interested in discoveries.thing, here is the whole particularly brilliant for this sort of programme, including another doll who can draw: Sometimes the internet can throw up random selections in a similar http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5rVevX­YXqo way. I would never have thought there was a market for British Comics – A Cultural History. But now you here isto mention it, there must be a And while we are on the subject, come a much simpler hand: lot of interesting stuff to say on the subject. Another one for the http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VDwJ4K3g6Zs reading list, I think! http://ow.ly/sNW2x Some original book shop signs Proof that all you need to drum up trade is a well placed shop, some Christmas grammar imagination. Have a look at these bookshop blackboards and a bit of In amongst the traditional mispronunciations of really does need signs from Australia. I'm not sure that the worldChristmas carols, there are one or two serious grammar isn't there room for both? fewer night clubs & more book clubs ­ points: http://ow.ly/sNWrw http://ow.ly/sNHAi If you are that way inclined. And if you aren't getting engrossed into The to pronounce the medieval English in some of the old carols. how book dominoes world record This is really clever, utterly fascinating, and very skillful, but you have to admit it is a complete waste of time. www.the­proof­angel.co.uk or http://ow.ly/sNlFs © Sarah Perkins 2014

Personally, I'm far too busy avoiding the more practical problems, including: • We three kings of Orie & Tar. So why are there 3 kings if there are 2 places? • While shepherds washed their socks by night. You'd think it would be too cold. • Most highly flavoured lady, gloria. Not very Christmassy really, is it? • And stay by my bedside until morning is night. Which is odd ­ wouldn't it be more comforting to be watched over while you were in the bed. • Glad tidings we bring to you and your king. How anyone thinks the original kin rhymes with bring beats me. Resolutions for the New Year So where did 2013 go? And can you even remember your resolutions from this time last year? Are you like me, working on the same ones every year? The press is full of advice about making your resolutions. I hate the bit about making sure they are achievable. Where is the challenge in that? I like this cartoon, which illustrates the main categories of resolution. http://writerswrite.co.za/new­years­comic­for­writers Happy 2014 everyone!! www.the­proof­angel.co.uk or http://ow.ly/sNlFs © Sarah Perkins 2014

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