Nat S Ford (natf) wrote,
Nat S Ford
natf WotD: Ellipsis

Someone once asked why I use the ellipsis ("…") so often on Twitter and LJ. I hope that this excerpt from today's Word of the Day email (linked at the end) helps explain!

ellipsis [i-LIP-sis]
Omission; a figure of syntax, three dots, by which one or more words, which are obviously understood, are omitted.

'If I read one more review that says it's exhaustive ..." Nicole LaPorte started to say, trailing off with a whachagonnado? ellipsis. "I hope they don't mean 'exhausting!' " No, no, I smiled, giving solace to the author during a midday meet here at Senses in the Soho Met. The woman behind a new secrets-and-lies scorcher entitled The Men Who Would be King: An Almost Epic Tale of Moguls, Movies and a Company Called Dreamworks, she's woven together a story that is thorough, sweeping, extensive, definitive, full-scale. But not exhaustive, got it?

Shinan Govani, "Power players; Writer Nicole LaPorte dishes on a trio of Hollywood dream-makers", National Post, May 22, 2010

Ellipsis, approximately 1570, derives from Latin ellipsis, from Greek elleipsis "a falling short, defect, ellipse," from elleipein "to fall short, leave out," from en- "in" + leipein "to leave." Word of the Day: Ellipsis
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