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

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

by Keith Houston

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780393349726
Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date: 10/20/2014
Pages: 338
Sales rank: 253,211
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Keith Houston is the author of Shady Characters and the founder of shadycharacters.co.uk. He lives in London.

Table of Contents

Preface ix

How to Read this Book xii

1 The Pilcrow 3

2 The Interrobang 25

3 The Octothorpe 41

4 The Ampersand 59

5 The @ Symbol 79

6 The Asterisk and Dagger 97

7 The Hyphen 121

8 The Dash 145

9 The Manicule 167

10 Quotation Marks 187

11 Irony and Sarcasm 211

1 Irony in History 212

2 Ironies 223

3 Digital Sarcasm 229

Afterword 245

Further Reading 247

Acknowledgments 249

Notes 251

Illustration Credits 321

Index 325

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