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Author Cock-Starkey, Claire, author.

Title Hyphens & hashtags* : *the stories behind the symbols on our keyboards / Claire Cock-Starkey.

Publication Info. Oxford : Bodleian Library, 2021.


Location Call No. OPAC Message Status
 Axe 3rd Floor Stacks  411 C644h 2021    New Books Axe 1st Floor  Available
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Description 183 pages ; 20 cm
text rdacontent
unmediated rdamedia
volume rdacarrier
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents Punctuation -- Glyphs -- Mathematical symbols -- Endangered & extinct symbols.
Summary "In our digital world, we owe much of our ability to communicate to the punctuation marks, mathematical symbols, and other glyphs that hover on the edges of our keyboard. Without these symbols, it would be impossible to convey meaning--our words would run in endless unbroken lines of letters and numbers. These marks, which have their origins in the earliest written communications, have evolved over many hundreds of years. Hyphens & Hashtags presents the histories of these stalwart symbols, revealing the long road many have taken on their way to general usage. In the age of digital communication, some symbols have gained additional meanings. The obscure pound sign has transformed into the hashtag, an essential component of social media. The colon now serves double duty as the eyes of the smiley-face emoticon. Alongside the historical roots of these tools, this book also considers ever-evolving modern usage and uncovers those symbols which have now fallen out of fashion. Hyphens & Hashtags casts a well-deserved spotlight on these deceptively simple marks, whose handy knack for conveying meaning in simple shorthand can marshal our sentences, clarify a calculation, or add some much-needed emotion to our online interactions."
Subject Punctuation -- History.
Mathematical notation -- History.
Signs and symbols -- History.
Mathematical notation. (OCoLC)fst01012093
Punctuation. (OCoLC)fst01084083
Signs and symbols. (OCoLC)fst01118355
Genre/Form History. (OCoLC)fst01411628
Added Title Hyphens and hashtags
ISBN 9781851245369 hardcover
1851245367 hardcover

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