No Miscellany this week, I’m afraid; the world of punctuation has been quiet of late. What I did want to do, though, was to share the photograph above, taken by Elizabeth Houston, my mum, at my wedding a couple of weeks ago to the beautiful Leigh Stork. The wedding took place in the Auditorium at Òran Mór in Glasgow, Scotland, under the shadow of Alasdair Gray’s fantastic mural, and we were lucky enough to celebrate it surrounded by a veritable army of our closest friends and family.
Most apposite to Shady Characters, however, were the names — and place cards — we gave each table. Unusual marks of punctuation! They were, in no particular order, the ampersand (&), the ellipsis (…), the manicule (☞), the asterisk (*), the dagger (†), the diesis (‡), the pilcrow (¶), the at-symbol (@), the asterism (⁂), the obelus (÷), and the octothorpe (#). I fervently hope that just a few guests went home pondering how best they might employ a pilcrow, manicule or asterism.
As you can see above, I couldn’t resist saving the interrobang (‽) for the top table — appropriate, perhaps, given the surprise expressed by many acquaintances when I told them that I was (finally) getting hitched!