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Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Stop tittling up the back

"A tittle is a small distinguishing mark, such as a diacritic or the dot on a lowercase i or j.... The word tittle is rarely used. Its most prominent occurrence is in the Christian Bible at Matthew 5:18: "For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled" (KJV). The quotation uses them as an example of extremely minor details. The phrase "jot and tittle" indicates that every small detail has received attention." - Wikipedia.


In spite of what Wikipedia suggests, I like to think that God is being literal here. In fact, I'm inclined to go off and create a sect of grammatical fundamentalist Christians, if there isn't one already. We could spend our time handing out proper nouns and semi-colons to the poor, or singing inspiring hymns like the following:

All things bright and beautiful,
All tittles great and small,
Diacritics, ampersands -
The Lord God made them all.

Each parenthetic clause -
Each hyphen and each dash
Asterisks, apostrophes,
The tilde and backwards slash

All things bright and beautiful,
All tittles great and small,
Diacritics, ampersands -
The Lord God made them all.

(Thanks for the excellent information, Alison!)

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

JA RULE OFTEN VISITS, HERE
says he enjoys the allegorical nature of the posts,
Keeps his mind off of OTHER THINGS

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