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Jan
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comment Is Polari too familiar and recently used to “steal” for a cant in a fantasy setting?
And that radio show is still being broadcast today on BBC Radio 4 Extra, @Keobooks. I, like many others, would associate Polari primarily with Julian & Sandy. Oh 'ello Mr 'Orn. How bona to vada your dolly old eek! Troll in.
Nov
17
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Nov
17
revised Illustrations for a children's book to be republished
I left the staccato rhythm and incomplete sentences, but tidied the punctuation. Added tags.
Nov
17
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Jul
10
revised How to decide whether a story is worth writing?
Punctuation.
Jul
10
suggested approved edit on How to decide whether a story is worth writing?
May
28
answered Constructed Language - spelled like it sounds?
Feb
5
comment Software to change American punctuation to British
The quoted material is a complete sentence. Also, the quoted material either (a) is the opening of the document, or (b) is preceded by another punctuation mark, such as the full stop at the end of the previous sentence. In that case, the comma should be inside the quotation marks in both British & American usage.
Nov
29
comment Using dashes in writing dialogue
@LaurenIpsum. French uses guilliments, but may interrupt quoted speech to include the "he said" bit. It doesn't close and reopen the quote the way English does.
Oct
28
comment How to display URLs in a textbook?
Note that http://example.com is the same as http://example.com/ (so yes, you can drop the trailing slash). However, http://example.com/path is not the same as http://example.com/path/. The server may serve the same content for both, or redirect one to the other, or it may not. Don't remove a trailing slash in this situation.
Oct
7
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Sep
24
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Sep
23
comment Time measures in fantasy worlds
In Cynthia Harnett's novel The Load of Unicorn, a time measure mentioned is "a paternoster while" (i.e., the time taken to say the Our Father (Lat., Pater Noster prayer). In the context of the passage, the fact that the time unit is a prayer is relevant: something like, Wait there long enough to say a prayer. And, while you're waiting, say the prayer!
Sep
14
comment Time measures in fantasy worlds
Measuring distance with time is culturally dependent. It's a lot rarer in Ireland than I've heard it is in the USA.
Sep
12
comment Is it bad to include subplots that don't push the story forward?
PD James does this all the time, and she's very good at it.
Feb
17
comment How to display URLs in a textbook?
I've seen at least one dictionary which omits the http:// for URLs which start with www. I really dislike this style, though I suppose I understand it.
Nov
21
revised How do I write for webcomics?
added 1 characters in body
Nov
20
comment Using emails in an autobiography
If you want to be confident that the e-mails don't exist, you might want to use a reserved example domain.
Nov
20
answered How do I write for webcomics?
Nov
20
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