Scifi hubby is obsessed by dots…. I don’t mean polka dots, or spots I mean the three dots you put at the end of a sentence to signify an unfinished thought or missing words…. Apparently they are called ‘ellipsis’…. He puts them on the end of every sentence…. Just like this paragraph….
Now this obsession has me jumping up and down in grammatical rage already as he really over uses them. They are on every Facebook status, text message, email, everywhere. He’s driving me nuts. But it gets worse. Can you spot what is wrong with the dots in the first paragraph? It’s not just that they are at the end of every sentence but he uses four dots not three. ARGH! WRONG WRONG WRONG!
He’s driven me crazy with this for years. I started to think he was only doing it to wind me up but I’ve just discovered he actually has a reason for it. One that makes sense in a very geeky kind of way.
Now if you already now what I’m about to type you can officially class yourself as a fully qualified super-geek.
He put Star Wars on DVD this weekend and for the first time I really paid attention to the start of the credits. Everyone knows the yellow text scrolling up the screen: “A long time ago in a galaxy far far away…” But have you ever properly looked at it?
If you look closely it doesn’t say “A long time ago in a galaxy far far away…”. It says “A long time ago in a galaxy far far away….” Yes there’s an extra dot.
It gets worse. The yellow scrolling text finishes with four dots each time too. For bonus super-geek points there’s one movie that only has three dots at the end of the the yellow scroll.
Thanks George Lucas. Now I know why it’s four not three it’s driving me a little less crazy. I just need to wean him off using them on every sentence.
P.S. If you can tell me what’s wrong with the scroll photos you get even more super-geek points….
I feel like I’ve just helped my husband to dump a girlfriend. We’ve been going to the same comic shop for over four years now but since we moved house the shop is now a two hour drive away. We’ve been going back every couple of months anyway as he likes and trusts them but also because they are one of only three shops in the country that can order through Previews, the catalogue of forthcoming comics, books and other stuff from the American publishers. They have very kindly posted his copy of Previews to him for the past few months and he has emailed his order in but it’s not quite the same.
I finally persuaded him to visit one of the other Preview stockists last weekend. This one is only 40 minutes away and in a city I go through quite often to get to the airport. The shop is a bit hidden away but once we found it we discovered they have a good range of stuff and not just Tintin and Asterix which seem to be the local comic diet. Even better it seems the new manager is a Londoner, speaks English and understands/likes American comics himself. Hurrah!
Cue a series of emails, orders and plans as Scifi hubby starts to shift his forthcoming Previews order to them. The whole process started to feel like a series of first dates!
Then the hard bit – we had to visit the old comic shop to collect last month’s delivery and then tell them he was moving shops. Scifi hubby came over all tongue tied. It really felt like I was watching a teenage boy working out how to dump his first girlfriend. So I did it for him! I couldn’t bear the agony any longer so just told them straight.
We will still have to go back for a few more months as items we have ordered already finally arrive but hopefully by Christmas 2015 we should be done.
Scifi baby also likes Previews – he tries to help daddy and thinks it tastes quite yummy