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‘Ibid.’: Finding those pesky periods

‘Ibid.’ is an abbreviation for ‘ibidem‘ (‘in the same place’). The full stop in ‘ibid.’ is therefore obligatory. But it can be dashed hard to spot. To automate the search (in MS Word), hit Cntrl-F to bring up the Find/Replace box, enable Wildcards, and enter: ibid[!.] in the find box. This little string finds instances […]

Grim, grim news from England

The grim, grim news from England flows unabated. The rule of the modern robber baron is unchallenged. This morning, for the first time in many years, I listened to BBC Radio 4’s ‘Today’ programme to hear the news of John Browne’s education review. In a saner world, it would be unthinkable that someone like John […]