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Sent: Saturday, October 13, 2007 3:05
Subject: the grammar of photographic
I'm very bad at plurals... In my first language there is
article and nouns have no plural form. In writing
applications, phrases such as "one or more of," "any number
and "a plural of" are more useful because being specific
any detail is an important part of the game.
However, the spam quoted
below reminds me of unnecessary
capitalization. This is actually a very
common mistake among
writers of photographic processes. Some people
capitalize names of elements and compounds, e.g.,
Nitrate and Hydroquinone (these should not be capitalized).
the other hand, some people fail to capitalize, e.g.,
phenidone and dimezone (these should be capitalized as they
Use of italics and hyphenation adds up to the issue.
typesettnig N-methyl-p-aminophenol (Metol), N (always in
it referrs to the nitrogen atom in the amino group)
and p should be
italicized but not the rest. Unnecessary
hyphenation such as
N-methyl-p-amino-phenol looks funny, but
things like tri-ethanol-amine look
crazy, and worse
unnecessary hyphens are inserted in wrong places,
benzo-tria-zole (when benzotriazole is benzo + tri + azole).
use of inappropriate acronyms... BTA is the acronym for
photographic chemistry but some people
(non-chemists) used BTZ.
typesetting pH, the p should be italicized in lower case
and H should be
always roman capital, as it referrs to
hyrdogen. Same thing for pAg, pBr,
Then there's confusion of words and concepts... e.g., absorb
Then there's a long list of misnomers that should be fixed
historical artifacts that should be modernized (or modernized
should be mentioned at least).
But I guess the biggest problem is high
frequency of wrong
statements. Many photographic pages on Wikipedia
serious errors in addition to the above problems (and
occasionally contribute my edits only to realize someone else
more errors). Articles/websites written by non-experts
suffer from the
And I still want to know what the "Prestigious
Universities" refer to.
From: Judy Seigel
Re: the grammar of spam
Date: Mon, 08 Oct 2007 22:36:57 -0400
> Before I comment on Don's comment, I share some spam arrived
in my inbox tonight:
> The sender was listed as "Cornell," I
suppose to imply or associate with Cornell University. The message began,
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