Elements of Style

When we were in Montreal earlier in the month, we spent a very pleasant hour browsing through the Drawn & Quarterly Store in Mile End. One the books I bought was the illustrated edition of the Elements of Style. It’s a beautiful book, and it’s also very useful: I hope it will, in time, cure me of my that/which issues.

In the spirit of the book, here’s a brief guide to elements of style more locally:

  1. Rukavina is pronounced with a long u. Think duty, not duck. Like it says here, roo-ka-VEEN-a. Or, if you like, roo-KA-veen-a.
  2. When speaking, I refer to this blog as “r — u — k dot c — a”, spelled out, like “check out my blog at r — u — k dot c — a”. If it must be pronounced, it’s also with a long u.
  3. While this blog is based on a nickname applied to me by my 9th grade gym teacher, ruk is the name of the blog, it’s not my name. So proper usage is “Peter said…” and not “ruk said…”
  4. Like ee cummings, silverorange and the fifth estate, it’s always all lowercase: ruk, not Ruk or RUK. This is sometimes inconvenient, and I’m not sure what to tell you about how to start sentences.
  5. While my last name does start with an R, that’s the only thing that it has in common with the last name Roggeveen. As such, I cannot sell you a Christmas tree.


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Dan James on June 23, 2010 - 15:23 Permalink

We, SilveroRaNge, occasionally refer to you as “The Ruk”. As this violates more than one of your rules we will only continue to do so behind your back.

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Peter Rukavina on June 23, 2010 - 15:35 Permalink

That’s okay: I continue to refer to you of silverorange as “the lads” behind your back. Although it’s always “the lads” and never “The Lads” or “the LADS.”

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Alan on June 23, 2010 - 16:26 Permalink

Your grade nine teacher did not have the market cornered on imposition of nicknames. Proper nickname usage is never in the control of the named, Rukster.

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Peter Rukavina on June 23, 2010 - 18:04 Permalink

I would counter, but I’m in no position, what with my having a well-known habit of assigning unwanted nicknames to the unsuspecting.

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Alan on June 23, 2010 - 19:55 Permalink

In like of your honesty, I will now and forever after stop referring to you as “Rooky-woo-woo” behind your back.