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7.21.2005

ack!

Emily G writes very, very funny on sins of the acknowledgements page over at Black Table:

Rule #1: Don't Thank A Dead Person.

This one is fairly straightforward. Unless you personally knew, say, Spalding Gray (Chuck) or, more improbably, Abraham Lincoln (Steve), it is not appropriate to thank him. I don't care if he inspired every single word on every single page. Thank him in your prayers, in the pages of your diary, in a post on your little-read blog. He does not care about being thanked in your acknowledgments, because he is dead, and to everyone else, it just looks like you are name-dropping a person who you can safely assume will not deny knowing you, and that's just tacky.


Run, don't walk.

(Via Ed.)

4 Comments:

  • At 4:46 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    There goes my plan to acknowlege my entire LJ friends list one pseudonymn at a time.

     
  • At 6:01 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    I read that comment as "LJ freaks list."

    Which I love.

    - Hannah

     
  • At 8:25 PM , Blogger gwenda said...

    And I love both.

     
  • At 1:23 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Er, couldn't Emily just not read acknowledgment pages?

    JeffV

     

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