As a proof reader one comes across all sorts of special suave foreign characters. To a punctilious obsessive compulsive proof reader it is anathema to have to consult the Wiktionary time and again to get the right sound marks, over, under, before or after a vowel.

I am partial to a few simple punctuation marks, commas, ellipsis, diphthongs, ’m’ and ‘n’ dashes, straight and curved brackets.

<…^^^???( *** ) >”                      “ <…^^^???( *** ) >”

I wonder whether Basho would have preferred the circumflex or chevron to the flat macron above his name? The former looks so much better, much like the sedge hat he wore on his journeys.

New Year’s Eve   an editor collapses beneath   diaeresis  and umlaut


Note: Phonotactics (from Ancient Greek phōnḗ “voice, sound” and taktikós “having to do with arranging”) is a branch of phonology that deals with restrictions in a language on the permissible combinations of phonemes. Phonotactics defines permissible syllable structure

Angelee Deodhar


The Fixer

the fixer

Footnotes: the Fixer is Jimmy Savile, a prolific English paedophile who hosted a programme on TV called “Jim’ll Fix It!” in the 1970’s and 80’s. The Milk Snatcher is Margaret Thatcher who put a halt on free school milk for under 11’s as soon as she gained office. Sir Glitter of Glam is Gary Glitter (a.k.a. Paul Gadd) a pop star from the 1970’s as well as being a prolific paedophile. Mrs Jackson is a reference to Michael Jackson the youngest of the 1970’s US band The Jackson Five and believed by many to have been a prolific paedophile.

-Brendan Slater

The Fixer