File /Humanist.vol22.txt, message 253

Date:         Sat, 11 Oct 2008 09:58:16 +0100
From: Humanist Discussion Group <willard.mccarty-AT-MCCARTY.ORG.UK>
Subject: 22.265 e-suspicions
To: humanist-AT-Princeton.EDU

               Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 22, No. 265.
       Centre for Computing in the Humanities, King's College London
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   [1]   From:    Humanist Discussion Group                          106)
         Subject: Re: 22.261 e-suspicions

   [2]   From:    Humanist Discussion Group                           20)
         Subject: e-suspicions

   [3]   From:    Humanist Discussion Group                            7)
         Subject: Hyphens

         Date: Sat, 11 Oct 2008 09:48:10 +0100
         From: Humanist Discussion Group <>
         Subject: Re: 22.261 e-suspicions
         In-Reply-To: <>

Dear Joris and Willard,

Willard, this is the most beautiful, elegant and kind reply I have ever
seen. And Joris, I have a confession to make. I once had a blog named
"e-topia"... remember that content is always more important than the
name printed on its package... E-peace and E-respect!



[see Humanist 22.261]

         Date: Sat, 11 Oct 2008 09:49:08 +0100
         From: Humanist Discussion Group <>
         Subject: e-suspicions
         In-Reply-To: <>

Dear Willard,

I share your disdain for "e" as a prefix, with or without the hyphen.
In my mind it sits right nest to "hyper-" and "cyber-".   "E" might be
worse because 1) it often requires an annoying internal
eCapitalization and 2) it conjures up commerce (specifically
ecommerce).  I think that once we associate a term with business speak
("paradigm shift" and "synergy" come to mind) it becomes verboten in
tasteful academic circles.

Out of curiosity I searched for "ebooks" on LexisNexis and found the
first instance in Business Week in 1992 (June 15).  The article
announced new lines of books from Random House and SoftBooks that are
a "take-off on email" and "have fancy features."


Amanda Gailey
Assistant Professor of English
University of Georgia
254 Park Hall
Athens, GA 30602-6205

         Date: Sat, 11 Oct 2008 09:49:51 +0100
         From: Humanist Discussion Group <>
         Subject: Hyphens
         In-Reply-To: <>

A confession. I go to the University gym five times a week, passing a
notice which reads "Padlocks which are not removed at the end of the
semester will be cut-off." That hyphen had been annoying me, because it
is OK in "cut-off jeans" but wrong when "cut" is part of a compound
verb. The tension became too much, and I stuck a little piece of sticky
paper over the offending hyphen, and now all is well. I hope Wisconsin
does not have a law against treating public notices in this way.

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