Typographic styles (was Literary pet peeves)

Sally Odgers sodgers at tassie.net.au
Thu Feb 27 07:46:10 EST 2003

> --- Sally Odgers <sodgers at tassie.net.au> wrote: >
> > This reminds me of the King James bible... it used to puzzle me
> > (until I
> > found out why) that some words were always in italics.
> Why are they?

I was told the italic words were those for which there was no precise
English equivalent to the original. "Love" for example actually stands in
for something more like loving kindness or charity... Italic words gave the
general sense without being entirely accurate.

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