When is a typo not a typo? In the wor(l)d of Ulysses

This week, I’ve come upon a rather unusual post about typos.

Well Ulysses is an unusual book, for all sorts of reasons. O that basis, I suspect it is perfectly reasonable to have some unusual typo stories about it.

Is Ulysses is a book you have read? I must say, I haven’t got that far yet. One day, perhaps.

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Publishing poetry in the digital age

In all the discussion about self publishing, the main focus is usually about novels. The theory seems to be that everyone has a novel in them.

Occasionally there is a discussion about non-fiction.

So this post is particularly useful due to the rarity value.

How To Self-Publish and Sell Poetry in the Digital Era.

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How to respond when a reader claims there is an error in your book

Editing_and_proofreading_blog_559I suspect we all dread this situation, and as this post points out, it can be difficult whether the error exists or not.

Read about one author’s way of handling the situation.

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The linguistics of colour names

This fascinating short video explains how different languages have treated the process of categorising colours.

The discussion highlights two important features of any process of analysis:

  • Before you start, your terms need to be defined, but then those definitions need to be kept under review.
  • We all need to remember that we have our own framework of expectations. If we apply our values out of context, we may not reach the right conclusion.

I was particularly interested to find out that other cultures don’t see the basics as three primary colours. I’m looking at things in a completely different way at the moment!

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The language of politics

We live in interesting times, which seem more and more difficult to predict. And in these times bring up some language issues.

Here are two which are coming up at the moment, mainly in the American context:

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The last three letters of the alphabet

The development of the alphabet is quite an interesting field of study. I started on a series of blog posts on the subject, and one day I hope to find the notes, which I don’t think I’ve seen since before the house move.

Here is a post on the last three letters to be added to the alphabet.

By the way, did you know that & used to be thought of as part of the alphabet? Just wait until I find those notes…

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Word histories

Some word history this week:

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