Chapters on a web site

Dennis Baron debaron at ILLINOIS.EDU
Thu Aug 20 16:01:42 UTC 2009

 From the OED: 1601 SHAKES. Twel. N. I. v. 242 Ol. Where lies your
Text? Vio. In Orsinoes bosome. Ol. In his bosome? In what chapter of
his bosome?

the figurative use of chapter is well-established, and the word itself
comes from L. meaning 'little head,' and referring both to actual and
figurative heads / headings, as well as to separate rooms, units,
houses, categorizations (the chapter, and chapter house, of an
ecclesiastical order). So the extension of chapter to a section of
digital text is as reasonable as saying that we "board" an airplane,
even though planes aren't made of wood planks (or that we "light" a
pipe, even though it's the tobacco, not the pipe, that is fired up).

In chapter two of this email, I will treat the subject of  . . . . .
(ok, enough, back to work).

Dennis Baron
Professor of English and Linguistics
Department of English
University of Illinois
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On Aug 20, 2009, at 10:21 AM, Barbara Need wrote:

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> Last night a speaker, in talking about tabs across the top of a web
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> Barbara
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