Ellipsis Points

Ellipsis Points

‘indicate that either a few letters of a word or one or more words have been omitted. (…) Like the em dash, ellipses frequently disguise a writer’s impotence to express himself.’

‘No doubt there are places where the nuance provided by ellipsis points is appropriate and necessary. The voice hangs suspended and retains the same pitch, while before a period it descends. Yet it takes a master of the word to put to use these delicate shadings, and more often than not ellipsis points be- come a disturbing mannerism’

‘The three ellipsis points must be set without spacing, and before them sits the full word spacing of the line’ and ‘If a punctuation mark follows the omission points, it is to be separated from the last point by a one-point space’

in The Forms of the Book – Essays on the Morality of Good Design, Jan Tschichold, 1948

[concerning the usage of ellipsis in the author Laurence Sterne’s late eighteenth century published novel The Life and Opinions of Tristan Shandy] ‘The many interconnected ways in which one does not say something is at the heart of this work. Sterne’s pages are notoriously covered with dashes and asterisks (and there are hyphens and dots), while such sentence ellipses burgeon into the larger structural gaps of a blank page and an entire missing chapter.’

‘Ellipsis in this sense was also first defined in a classical oratory. The word, as translated form the Greek, means to fall short. Quintilian in the Institutio Oratoria describes ellipsis as the omission of words that can be recovered verbatim by means of contextual information.’

in Ellipsis in English Literature: Signs of Omission, Anne Toner, 2015


‘Operação que consiste em eliminar uma letra, palavra, frase, etc. na correcção tipográfica, quer no momento da cópia (por engano ou intenção deliberada do copista), quer mais tarde (por correcção ou por censura); Eliminação de parte de um texto por motivos de censura ou outros’

in Dicionário do Livro – Da Escrita ao Livro Electrónico, Maria Isabel Faria e Maria Graça Pericão, 2008

‘Supression, in terms of communication, is a cognitive process that interferes with thought and stifles any superfluous or improper information before it can be spoken. Supression enhances both effectiveness of communication on the part of the speaker and the ease of understanding on the part of the listener.’

in Foundation for Global Collaboration and Peace [website]: http://www.fgcnp.org/uhc/Linguistics

Inter ponctuation 

Na composição tipográfica é a sequência de pontos que indica a supressão de palavra(s) ou frase(s) • Série de pontos que, uma vez intercalados no discurso, servem para exprimir reticências, tempos de paragem, supressão ou lacuna no texto.

in Dicionário do Livro – Da Escrita ao Livro Electrónico, Maria Isabel Faria e Maria Graça Pericão, 2008

‘One must learn to feel everything — the length and retarding of sentences, inter-punctuation, the choice of words’

in 10 rules for writers, Friedrich Nietzsche, 1882

‘Série de pontos que indicam supressão de parte do texto.’

in Dicionário Priberam da Língua Portuguesa [website], 2008-2013: http://www.priberam.pt/dlpo/interpontua%C3%A7%C3%A3o

Texto Corrompido

‘Texto original que foi objecto de alterações ou cortes, de modo que o pensamento inicial do seu autor foi totalmente atraiçoado nas suas intenções.’

in Dicionário do Livro – Da Escrita ao Livro Electrónico, Maria Isabel Faria e Maria Graça Pericão, 2008

‘refers to an unrelated process, namely the alteration and publication of a text in a way inconsistent with the original purpose or the author’s intention. In cases which involve the removal of allegedly “inappropriate” content from a work’

in Wikipedia [website]: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Corruption_(linguistics)



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