Tuesday, April 03, 2007



Codex A codex was a very early book. Scrolls were what was happening. Someone thought of sewing manuscript pages together on one side at the each. They were thin--twenty four pages, one definition says. They were the first time reading was done that way. They were liked, and led to the books as physical objects that have been popular. Centuries later, the next form of reading involves scrolling, only up and down instead of sideways, and physically different.






Ideograph is the English word for Chinese language characters and things like them








Quire is twenty-four pages of paper of the same size.

Ream is five hundred pages of paper of the same size.

Signature is one of the folded groups of pages that make up some bound books. You can somtimes see them looking down at the top of the book. Each folded group of pages is a signature. One way to print a book is to print the words and images onto pieces of paper that are the size and shape they will be when they are bound. That works. It is not the most common or economical way to print many copies of a book. Doing it that way produces not signature. The usual way to print many books is to print them on big presses that can take big sheets of paper. Each sheet of paper is printed front and back with pages all together on one sheet of paper. Thirty two pages, for example, on one big sheet of paper. Then after the printing the big pieces of paper are folded so the pages are in order. They are not pages yet because of the folds that connect them all. Then the pages are trimmed on three sides. That remaining group of pages is a signature. The signatures are bound together in order to make a book.


Usage is how words are, or should be, used.



Xueq is the given name of Cao Xueq the author of the four-volume 1750 novel called in English, variously, "The Story of the Stone," "Dream of the Red Chambre," and "Dream of the Red Mansions." Cao is the given name, under which the novel is alphabetized in English.

Yarn is a story used to weave together moments in situations where people have lots of moments. Many intersting events in a yarn, often presented fairly slowly. Factuality is not an issue. Factuality might be a style cramper for the teller of a yarn.

Zed is how people in the United Kingdom say the letter "z." People in the United States say zee.

*It all kind of works for me, the word system around here and *how the written words are presented. *

It excludes a lot.

Women I know when they can't do something they want to do with words, they tend to blame their own limitations. I tend to blame the language and its limitations. Maybe because I'm self-assured around language. Maybe because I'm arrogant. Maybe because I'm right. Being able to move easily around the language I'm used to it's easier to feel when the wall stops me that the wall is outside in the language and not inside in my degree of intelligence.

Language limits.