Saturday, March 29, 2014

Sic!

In the excellent My Thoughts Be Bloody, Nora Titone quotes from various letters written by John Wilkes Booth to illustrate his thoughts and opinions. JWB was, even for a nineteenth-century guy, a casual speller, and Titone feels the need to (sic) his misspellings. Which is certainly fine, but I find it curious that she only sics those that don't involve apostrophes. For example,
Banks will fail. Familys [sic] ruined. Poor widow's who want their little mite to raise their children, will point to the famished stricken forms of their dear infants.
"Widow's" is as much a misspelling as "familys", no?

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At 1:13 PM, April 01, 2014 Blogger Barry Leiba had this to say...

He... Maybe Ms Titone thinks it's not; perhaps she suffers from apostrophitis (or should that be, perhaps, " apostrophiti's " ?).

Send her a link to Mr Language Person.

 

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