February 25th, 2003

bundled up, walkabout, snow

Because I just have to know

So, it seems that you can search Bartleby.com for pronouncements on writing style.

I'd been meaning to look up the whole boldface, italics and "quotation marks" issue, as regards titles. I'm putting it here for safe-keeping and future reference.

Boldface only shows up in the context of defining relevant portions in examples.

I found this on Italics:

American printed matter uses italics (the type fonts whose letters slant to the right) for the titles of literary and other artistic works (War and Peace, Verdi's Requiem); for the names of journals and newspapers (The New York Times, Newsweek); for words, letters, and numbers cited as words, letters, and numbers (as here with the word italics); for foreign words and phrases (ars longa, vita brevis est), although when these loan words and phrases have been fully assimilated into English, we usually cease to italicize them, as with à la mode; for the names of ships (Queen Elizabeth II, or Q.E. II ); and for a number of other technical purposes such as are usually specified in a publisher's stylebook. In handwriting or typescript, underline what you wish to italicize. Italics are also used for emphasis and to indicate a heavier-than-normal stress on a word, particularly in Semiformal and Informal writing, although most editors discourage the practice. To achieve the effect of italics in the midst of a full sentence already in italics, put the word to be stressed in roman: We thought she'd never leave!

And this, relevant to titles, about the use of "quotation marks." I also found helpful the paragraph about additional punctuation:

Convention also calls for double quotation marks around the titles of short stories, short poems, short musical compositions, and the names of plays, chapters in books, and radio and television programs: Frost's "The Road Not Taken," "Eye Witness News." (Titles of longer works usually require italics instead, and sometimes the decision is arbitrary or simply conventional: books of the Bible, for example, are almost always italicized rather than placed in quotation marks, and the same is true of the titles of Shakespeare's plays.)

A key problem with quotation marks is which other marks of punctuation go inside the closing quotation mark(s ) and which belong outside. In the United States, most stylebooks and most editors follow these rules: periods and commas belong inside, colons and semicolons outside. Other marks -- question mark, dash, and exclamation point, for example -- go inside when they belong with the quoted material, outside when they belong to the main sentence. British editorial conventions differ.
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Evening update

I tasted the mousse before it chilled last night, and then had some for dessert with lunch today. I often can't finish chocolate desserts, but this didn't seem overpowering to me. Probably because I used semi-sweet chocolate.

Oh, I figured out that if you really did dole it out as only four servings, this is a dessert with a goodly amount of protein, since each serving would have 1.25 Protein exchanges, on the Diabetic Exchange Diet. So, is there any sugar at all in bittersweet chocolate? Cause, if not, then at 1 Tablespoon of sugar shared four ways, this seems a great diabetic dessert. Wonder if it would work with a fructose sweetener, since that's a preferred -ose for diabetics.

Having been diabetic twice, temporarily (during pregnancy), I think about these things. I've also been temporarily arthritic -- it was caused by a virus and treatable. Wonder what other life-conditions I've had temporarily?

Lessee, bowled GREAT today. 128, 167 and 169. We lost the first game, but won three out of four points for the day. Whee!

Knight drove me around today. Nice thing we planned that, because traffic was awful in the morning. I read him the comics while we waited for out-of-sync lights.

After bowling, we stopped at Sam's, Schlotzksy's, the Nicholasville Liquor Store (they don't sell wine at the grocery, and I forgot to pop over for some while we were at Sam's), and the post office. We picked up the parcel, and it is indeed Flar's birthday present, so we're having a party for him, after he gets home from an evening meeting downtown. I've made Orange Beef and Barley Stew for dinner, and will cook up some Grands Biscuits and Kraft Mac N Cheese as side dishes.

On the way to school, I deposited a small check (yay!), dropped off laundry for Flar (and found some that had gone unclaimed), and after I got the boys, I picked up Flar's prescription at the pharmacy.

Now I'm going to put away clean dishes to clean up the kitchen some, and get the boys to work on the family room. Then I'll get the cake ready to bake, after the stew comes out of the oven.
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