Now, this is ridiculous. As I twittered today: An institution’s regulatory prohibition of the colon in course title punctuation is indicative of systemic mismanagement.
A statement which is, as I’m sure you’ll all agree, self-evident. Especially when one discovers that Module Titles, quite apart from Programme Titles, are in fact perfectly welcome to include said puncutation marks. We’re also free to separate discontinuous grammatical constructions with parentheses (rather inelegant, if you ask me), or with full stops (actually, I’ve not tested the full stop solution), but not, one realises, with the grammatical device described by Hart’s Rules for Compositors and Readers at the University Press, Oxford, as:
“the colon generally marks a step forward, from introduction to main theme, from cause to effect, premiss to conclusion”
All perfectly reasonable reasons to declare a state of war, I’m sure you’d agree.
The War of the Colon.
Although, upon further examination, maybe the University’s reluctance to embrace the humble colon might be justified. For example, look at this page header:
<title>School of Creative Arts – UWE Bristol : Courses : BA(Hons) Media Practice</title>
Colons! Everywhere! Ridiculous, transgressive colons. Seeping their way into our culture, and spreading their colonic tentaclyness into the furthest corners of the…
Okay. That’s enough. It’s indicative of systemic mismanagement, and that’s the end of it. Until I get this regulation overturned, and the title of the course instated properly, that is. Of course, in the meantime, I may discover the regulation that prevents the use of the colon. If I do, I’ll let you all know.
Right. Back to work. Lunchtime is over.