TechWtr: Widows & Orphans

Subject: TechWtr: Widows & Orphans
From: "Margaret L. FalerSweany" <mfsweany -at- MTU -dot- EDU>
Date: Tue, 17 Sep 1996 11:29:53 -0400

A production editor at Prentice-Hall told me that printers referred to
widows as any single line of text appearing at the bottom of a page--widows
because they lacked a husband. Orphans appear at the top of pages--called
that because they lack parents. On the journal I work on, we simply call
both nonconformist family members and eliminate them.

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Strangely enough, while there are several sites
for reading surrounding the visual part of the
brain in the rear of the head, there is no one
place for writing.
--W. H. Calvin, The River that Flows Uphill
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Margaret FalerSweany
Rhetoric & Technical Communication
Humanities Department
Michigan Technological University
Houghton, MI 49931
mfsweany -at- mtu -dot- edu

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