January 9, 2004
No Mark of DistinctionSome publishers and scholars want to purge the colon from book titles; the only thing that's worse: semicolons
Brenda Wineapple wants to cut out the academy's colon. She has had trouble doing so herself, even in the titles of her own books. Indeed, it is unlikely that a top-notch gastroenterologist or grammarian could help her achieve her aim.
"I hate colons," says Ms. Wineapple, a professor of modern literature and historical studies at Union College, in New York. Her second