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By Alexander Humez

Regardless of the common-or-garden origins of its identify (Anglo Saxon for "the speck on the head of a boil"), the dot has been the most flexible avid gamers within the heritage of written verbal exchange, to the purpose that it has turn into nearly critical. Now, in On the Dot, Alexander and Nicholas Humez supply a breathtaking, wonderful account of this a lot ignored and minuscule linguistic sign.

The Humez brothers make clear the dot in all its numerous varieties. As a mark of punctuation, they express, it performs many roles--as sentence stopper, a constituent of the colon (a clause stopper), and the ellipsis (dot dot dot). In musical notation, it denotes "and a half." In computerese, it has a number of diversified features (as in dot com, the marker among a dossier identify and its extension, and in a few a little bit extra arcane makes use of in programming languages). The dot additionally performs a few roles in arithmetic, together with the notation of global forex (such as money dot cents), in Morse code (dots and dashes), and within the raised dots of Braille. and because the authors attach these kind of dots, they take readers on a fascinating journey of the highways and byways of language, starting from the heritage of the query mark and its lesser recognized offshoots the point d'ironie and the interrobang, to acronyms and backronyms, energy aspect bullets and asterisks, emoticons and the "at-sign."

Playful, wide-ranging, and delightfully informative, On the Dot unearths how completely the dot is embedded in our daily global of phrases and concepts, buying an influence inversely proportional to its diminutive size.

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