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For pedants only

artbrooks 14 Oct 01 - 08:44 PM
Mary in Kentucky 15 Oct 01 - 10:36 AM
Haruo 15 Oct 01 - 07:01 PM
Willa 15 Oct 01 - 07:07 PM
Ebbie 15 Oct 01 - 08:04 PM
Steve Parkes 16 Oct 01 - 03:10 AM
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Subject: RE: For pedants only
From: artbrooks
Date: 14 Oct 01 - 08:44 PM

Gloredhel, according to the same style site cited above, an ellipses [note spelling] is used to mark omitted words. On the other hand, there is no normally accepted form of punctuation to be used if one's thoughts are basically trailing off into the great uncharted void. **BG**


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Subject: RE: For pedants only
From: Mary in Kentucky
Date: 15 Oct 01 - 10:36 AM

According to the site I listed above: (and we all know that if it's on the 'net it must be true)

The ellipsis can also be used to indicate a pause in the flow of a sentence and is especially useful in quoted speech:

Juan thought and thought . . . and then thought some more. "I'm wondering . . ." Juan said, bemused.

And also from the same site:

If the omission comes at the end of a sentence, the ellipsis will be placed after the period, making a total of four dots. . . . See how that works? Notice that there is no space between the period and the last character of the sentence. And finally,

The plural of ellipsis is ellipses (in case someone asks), but the points themselves (the dots that make up the ellipsis) are called ellipsis points or ellipsis marks.

Mary (NOT a pedant!, really)


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Subject: RE: For pedants only
From: Haruo
Date: 15 Oct 01 - 07:01 PM

Maybe it's a botanical term, a variant spelling of the feminine for "peduncle".

Liland
thinking freely


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Subject: RE: For pedants only
From: Willa
Date: 15 Oct 01 - 07:07 PM

Liland; yes, it could be that sort of pediment!


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Subject: RE: For pedants only
From: Ebbie
Date: 15 Oct 01 - 08:04 PM

That's an impediment!

Ebbie


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Subject: RE: For pedants only
From: Steve Parkes
Date: 16 Oct 01 - 03:10 AM

I don't know what the element, but that's what he sediment!

Steve


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