What does an ellipsis followed by an exclamation mean?

I’m confused about how to use “…!” in writing. Currently, I’m writing a fiction story with a character who has been critically injured. I got this question while typing out this: “I won’t die yet…!” I’m afraid that using it this way is actually wrong. I thought ellipsis is used to indicate omission, pause, silence, … Read more

help: punctuating a long list containing abbreviations

any suggestions for the following list: “such as: joiner, Hollaender swivel T, Hollaender horizontal flat plate, jr. end piece, Hollaender split cross, flange base, [Matthews] Big Ben, speedrail ear, swiveling alum. Cheeseboro, Modern swiveling cheeseboro, Modern sliding D-ring, grid clamp to 3/8” thread (often used with cheeseplate), side mount jr. grid clamp, baby grid clamp, … Read more

Initials as Title Abbreviations: Should I Format Them as Titles?

I am the webmaster/editor/curator for a website/e-magazine focussing on a game system. Reviews of scenarios published for the game system are a regular feature, and it’s frequently the case that a required add-on product will be named. Often, the add-on is well-enough known that the review author will often just refer to it by its … Read more

Is there an official symbol for repetition in a table

In one of the tables of a paper, I used a hyphen to indicate the repetition of the value in a cell into the one below. Here is an (ugly) example: ╭────────╥────────────┬─────────────────────╮ │ ║ id │ species │ ╞════════╬════════════╪═════════════════════╡ │ crab ║ C#01 │ Cancer borealis │ │ ║ C#02 │ – │ │ ║ … Read more

Use of & in Footnote editing

If the intent is to reduce the # of characters in footnotes/endnotes (using the Chicago/Turabian style), would it be proper to replace “and” with “&”? For example, “ed. & trans,” pages “4, 7, & 19,” etc. Answer It would be worth seeking guidance on this from your publisher/tutor/supervisor. As far as I can determine, general … Read more

How to divide words with silent consonants?

I wonder how to divide words such as ‘assumption‘ at the end of line, when a consonant (in this case ‘p’) in the middle of the word is silent (/əˈsʌmʃən/). Which syllable (and line) does the “p” belong to? assump– tion or assum- ption My guess is that the first division looks better because ‘tion‘ … Read more

“Even more worth reading” v “worth reading even more”

A Meta.SE post was recently edited (by an ELU member I respect), with the reason "grammar": Before: resigned: Aza on Literature, worth reading, predates other events; later wrote an update that’s even more worth reading After: resigned: Aza on Literature, worth reading, predates other events; later wrote an update that’s worth reading even more. I … Read more

This is right. Or that is right?

Opinions sought. I vaguely remember that the expression “This is right” (meaning “I agree with what you just said”) appeared in the 1970s. And I remember it because, if I remember correctly, it replaced in no time the till-then familiar phrase “That’s right”. Forty years later, it’s normal to see sentences like… this: “…inflation reached … Read more

What is the opposite word to “indent”—”outdent” or “unindent”?

I’m looking for the opposite word to “indent.” Is it “outdent”, or is it “unindent”? Corresponding to “Tab” and “Shift Tab” in most editors. Answer Corresponding to “Tab” and “Shift Tab” in most editors. In that case you’ll want unindent, as it reverses the indent action, and as outdent refers to a (usually left-) hanging … Read more