|Angela Lucas wrote: "Asterisks are the way to indicate italics when formatting is not possible."|
From the days of the typewriter, I indicate italics with underlining. With computers, it looks like this:
My favorite book is _Atlas Shrugged_.
Eve V. Stenson asked: "Isn't 'Everyone should be careful to use a singular pronoun with singular nouns in his writing.' correct?"
Personally, I would force the agreement with "... use a singular pronoun with a singular noun in his writing." The point Eve makes is valid, though. "Everyone... his..." shows agreement. I have a problem with the gender bias in that, though, and I write "Everyone ... their..." or "Everyone... our..." or otherwise rewrite to avoid "his" while not pushing our language too far out of shape.
I started a business to enhance the democratic process in my county. (Click on www.washtenawvoters.com.) I sent letters to all of the Republican Party and Democratic Party precinct delegates chosen in the last primary. I asked each of them to consider running for Ann Arbor city council, and offered to work on their campaign. I got this reply.
Hello, Whomever your are:
I received your letter today and found it most interesting. Firstly you
invite me to file for City Council in Ann Arbor. Interestingly, I served
on that body from April, 1978 to April, 1982.
Secondly, I happen to like my councilmember who is running for re-election.
Thirdly, I have been involved with the city elections much longer than you
have. It is interesting that you put no telephone number into your letter.
I wish you well in your endeavors. I hope that you will consider
supporting Stabenow and Granholm next year in November.
We tend to be more forgiving with online communication. It may be a good thing. On one message forum, one of the regulars consistently writes "whom" for "who." What is funny about that is that he is relatively educated and knows a bit of Russian, a language with (I think) six cases. So, he should know the difference between nominative and objective, but apparently he does not -- and he is not alone. (Public education is free and worth every cent.) As for being whoever I am, I did sign the letter "Michael E. Marotta." It was not anonymous.