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August 17th, 2005

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12:45 am - Sigh
It's a sad state of affairs when I receive instructions for a job, from a fellow typesetter, that explains to me, a typesetter, that some of the data in this job has the "fi" and "fl" character pairs "shmooshed together."

They are called ligatures, people. Vocabulary. Use it.
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Date:August 17th, 2005 05:55 am (UTC)

*disbelieving gape*

They let you get all the way through typesetter-kindergarten without knowing how to use that word?!?

Grump, grump, curmudgeon, grump. My great-grandfather was a typesetter (with ACTUAL HOT LEAD, thank you very much. Once they invented those newfangled Linotype machines. Before that, with chunks of steel in wooden racks), and I have a strong image of what he'd say to such a presumptuous half-trained pup. :->

Not a typesetter myself. Though I've done some scribal work, which is where *I* first heard the term.
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Date:August 17th, 2005 11:13 am (UTC)
"Nurse, hand me that pointy thing."
Date:August 17th, 2005 02:34 pm (UTC)
Have you noticed nobody uses the word leading any more? (Perhaps it's still used where you work; everybody seems to have forgotten about it when it comes to the web, though.)
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Date:August 17th, 2005 04:16 pm (UTC)
Yeah, we use lead at work, but you hardly see it outside of such specialized circles.
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Date:August 17th, 2005 09:15 pm (UTC)

sigh & hello again!

Oh bother, does that mean "glomp" is not a verb either? All this time I thought it was cousin to "shmoooshed", and what is the difference between "schmooshed" and "smooshed" ( Anglo versus Germanic root?) ?

Well then "hello" again to you as well Peter. My it has been about 13 years since last we read/wrote! *cue "It's a Small World"*
Sorry, just finished watching a bad Czech DVD rip of Charlie & the Chocolate Factory, I am afraid it has rather twisted my brain. Many *sighs* on the film, quite disappointed, yet somehow relieved in that nothing can top the Gene Wilder version.
Date:August 18th, 2005 01:39 am (UTC)
It's funny 'cause you're still holding out hope that people at Merrill will learn to use vocabulary beyond the 11th grade.

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