Typographic styles (was Literary pet peeves)

Sally Odgers sodgers at tassie.net.au
Thu Feb 27 08:12:44 EST 2003

I'm sure you're right, Philip. I was fuzzily recalling an explanation given
to me in my teens... about 30 years ago.


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> > I was told the italic words were those for which there was no precise
> > English equivalent to the original. "Love" for example actually stands
> > for something more like loving kindness or charity... Italic words gave
> > general sense without being entirely accurate.
> Umm.  I don't want to sound like I'm laying down the law here, since I'm
> entirely sure myself, but I believe these words are those for which there
is no
> word _at all_ in the original - they've been inserted to make the sense
> Usually it will be structural words - conjunctions, relatives, etc - that
> inserted to make a Hebrew or Greek sentence structure into an English one;
> occasionally a noun is supplied that was implied in the original (I recall
> seeing "men" done that way once).
> I would suggest that if it were simply those which are not exact
> you'd get four or five italic words to each verse, and not the one every
four or
> five verses that you actually see.
> Philip.
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