Re: Ellipsis

From: David Starner (
Date: Thu Jan 19 2006 - 21:55:21 CST

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    On 1/18/06, Andreas Prilop <> wrote:
    > An ellipsis is no more a sequence of three periods than
    > a double quotation mark is a pair of single quotation marks.
    > They are just different things.

    Why? According to Wikipedia (,
    the Chicago Manual of Style makes a difference between an omission
    within a sentence and one between sentences, and puts more space
    between the periods in the second, thus making a single ellipsis
    character unusable. I've personally never conceptualized an ellipsis
    as anything more than a series of periods or asterisks (which does

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