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language

I can’t stand titles where almost each word begins with a capital letter

As a Courtesy to the Next Passenger May We Suggest that You Use Your Towel to Wipe Off the Water Basin. Thank You!

Having titles where each word except articles starts with a capital letter in English is not a necessity for correct grammar. Hereby all my titles will be sentence case.

Capitalising each word in a title slows down the time needed to understand what’s written. I’m also going to write ‘internet’ with the first letter being lower case, it’s not the 90s after all.

Previously on Medium.

Dec 8   language

My editorial guidelines

British English. Funny because my pronunciation is American. I pay close attention to cultural differences (napkin/serviette & c.)

Diëresis. Yes, I spell it that way so the word is kinda autological.

Numbers in word form.

Reformed names. Qazaqstan, Eswatini.

Ligatures. I use ’em. For instance, in the word æsthetics. I do not use the massachusett (ꝏ) because it is heavier than having oo, when the entire point of ligatures is to minimise the heftiness of letters. And what if a word that starts with Oo begins a sentence?

“Ћ” for “the”. Currently beta-testing on my website’s home page. The hardest bit is that there’s no keyboard key for it.

&. I consistently use the ampersand inconsistently.

Words with Slavic origin. If my ear hurts when hearing one, I fix the spelling and pronunciation. For example, Weird Al Yankovič. The spelling doesn’t change much, while the sound becomes pleasant.

Language purity. While English is a combination of every language in the world, I am much more pedantic with Russian and Italian, where I don’t use loanwords unless they benefit the language.

Et cetera. Ah, Latin. The only logical abbreviation is “& c.” because “et” is not a word in English.

Single-letter Roman numerals in numerical lists. I use this to save space & time. X for 10, L for 50, C for 100, D for 500, M for 1000.

Four-digit numbers without comma between digit groups. It is fairly easy for the human eye to see that 1504 is one thousand five hundred & four and not some other number.

Month name ahead of days. Despite preferring British English I write December 8th, Sep 1st. There’s nothing wrong with the 4th of July, but the preferred form saves space.

Three-letter abbreviations for months and days of the week. Jan–Dec, Mon–Sun.

Titles in sentence case. Well, See, This Doesn’t Look Very Appealing, Does It?

“Internet” with the first letter lower-case. It’s not the 90s, after all.

Umlaüts. I don’t use them because English isn’t German. Therefore, it’s the Mœbius band.

Constantly expanding...

Dec 1   language

Words

English is a great language. I constantly create new words to improve it.

For instance,
cookied, stuffed with cookies or cookie dough;
distinctify, to make something more distinct;
dynamisation, the act of making something dynamic.

The words above aren’t in the dictionary. Yet. Therefore I submitted them to the Oxford English Dictionary for review. I’ll let you know if they approve them.

Oct 21   language

An impossible name

A review of a person’s name who is friends with my friends.

Çårlø Mãrçölîñï. What a mess! This name can’t be true. Let alone most of the diacritics on these letters are from different languages, some of them are used without necessity.

Çårlø.
Ç.c that sounds like s in Catalan, French, Friulian, Occitan, Manx. Used in loanwords in English, Basque, Spanish, and Dutch. Similar to the x in Mexico being pronounced h in Spanish. Nothing bad so far.
Å. Very similar to a in Swedish, Danish, Norwegian, Finnish, North Frisian, Walloon, Chamorro, Lule Sami, Skolt Sami, Southern Sami, and Greenlandic.
Oops! There’s no point to go further with the first name, as these two letters don’t simultaneously exist in any language.

Mãrçölîñï.
Ã. An interesting vowel used in Portuguese, Guaraní, Kashubian, Taa, Aromarian, and Vietnamese. Each uses it differently.
With ç already reviewed this last name is doomed.

I know that this name has been stained with diacritics for the fun of a “cool” handle. Nevertheless, it is important how internauts will call you in real life, Sarlœ Marsöligni.

Oct 7   language   naming

It’s not San Remo, but Sanremo

The city where I live during the summer is called Sanremo. The name originated from the local dialect, where the name of the area’s patron, saint Romulus (Italian: san Romolo), was shortened to become Sanromu. Centuries later, locals who weren’t interested in history started believing that there has been a saint Remus, leaving a plethora of misspelling and misinterpretation behind.

Oct 7   history   language   naming   Sanremo