A 1648 "smiley face"

Joel S. Berson Berson at ATT.NET
Tue Apr 15 15:12:42 UTC 2014

That was a quick follow-up to my thought!  2014 smiley face.


At 4/15/2014 11:01 AM, Ben Zimmer wrote:
>On Tue, Apr 15, 2014 at 10:16 AM, Joel S. Berson wrote:
> >
> > So I wonder whether placing "pausing" punctuation -- comma in the
> > Hawthorne example, colon in Herrick -- before a closing parenthesis
> > was simply a common style in the former days of profuse punctuation
> > marks.
>I asked Benjamin Schmidt, a digital humanities scholar and topnotch
>corpus-wrangler, if it would be possible to find other examples of a
>colon followed by a closing parenthesis in a historical corpus that
>tokenizes punctuation. He did a quick check on pre-1700 books on the
>Internet Archive and found that most results were OCR errors, but
>plenty were just ordinary punctuation. A few examples:
>Ben Zimmer
>The American Dialect Society - http://www.americandialect.org

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