Stupid Latin footnote abbreviations

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A very nice demystification of those horrible Latin abbreviations ibid., idem, loc. cit., op. cit., etc., by smart copy editor Carol Saller on Lingua Franca today. There's an utterly ridiculous pun in the accompanying photo, and also some useful advice, which I hope all future academic authors take. (Whenever I see op. cit in a footnote my blood pressure goes up.) Check it out if you ever write academic material in any subject, especially in the humanities.

I don't think I've ever before used the phrase "smart copy editor", as I did above (loc. cit.). But Carol (idem) is not your usual sort of mindless which-hunting fascist; she thinks critically about her craft.

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