Thursday, September 10, 2009

A Note from my Mother

My mother has been a faithful reader of my blog since day one. She's also had some trouble "commenting" on the blog. Ever resourceful, and ever interested in telling me what she thinks about everything, she dutifully emails me about every blog posting. While this is mildly annoying (my mother may insist that "mildly annoying" is an upgrade from when I was a teenager), there are a few positives:
  1. I know that at least someone cares what I think
  2. I'll be sure to know when I post something truly inappropriate, and I'll be able to take it down before the rest of the world (am I really an optimist?) sees it
  3. I'm sure I'll come up with a third eventually

Unfortunately, by not using the comments, the world is going to miss out on this English lesson (prior to retiring, my mother was a teacher and a librarian for a million years), as well as all of the other things my mother has to say (Mom! I'm giving you a global platform here!)

Regarding my post, Where to begin?, my mother offers this:

Virginia, I agree with you that when authors use italics I also often wonder what they are emphasizing. To add to your literary knowledge of italics I remember some standard usages of italics 1. as you stated to emphasize a words or passages 2. titles of books, magazines, or newspapers 3 names of ships, airplanes, that sort of stuff4 in referring to classifiers, like the g in align is silent. the g would be in italics, and I think the word align also 5. foreign words 6 latin names for medicines, plants, etc
That's all I can think of now. English lesson is over,,, get back to work Love Mom

1 comment:

  1. I can't figure out why your mom can't comment! It shouldn't even matter whether she has a Google account. What happens when she clicks on the "comments" link at the bottom of your post?