Latin italicized descriptions
Joseph E. Laferriere
josephl at CCIT.ARIZONA.EDU
Fri Apr 5 12:39:18 CST 1996
> From: Curtis Clark <jcclark at CSUPOMONA.EDU>
> Here's what I tell my students: In English text, foreign words are
> ordinarily italicized, and generic and specific names are in a foreign
> language, Latin. If one were writing in Latin (in a description, for
> example), the names wouldn't be italicized.
To be completely logical, the entire Latin description would have to be
italicized, if it is in an article otherwise in English. Common practice
in many journals is NOT to italicize Latin words other than scientific
names. Thus things like e.g., i.e., sensu stricto, etc., etc., [the first
"etc." here being one of my examples, the second representing the meaning
that etc. usually has] are written in roman type.
There is of course an irony in putting everything in "Roman" (i.e.
Latin) type except if it is in the Roman language (i.e. Latin).
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