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    Found the Gin--And Just in Time! AW Moderator Maryn's Avatar
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    Latin Term Used as a Noun

    It's a shame I even think up dialogue like this, but this first draft has a line that I don't know how to italicize.

    I would ordinarily italicize a Latin phrase, even if it's well known, like Et tu, Brute?

    But my character is using a Latin imperative--an order with the understood subject you, like Reach for the sky--as if it's a verb. A past tense verb.

    So how the hell would you editors and grammarians italicize this line of dialogue, spoken by a blue collar character who used to wrestle on the same high school team as the person he's talking about.

    "He was bigger than me, next weight class up, but if I watched close, Id see when he messed up and left himself open. If I carped the diem, I could pin him every time."

    Maryn, who knows losing the Latin would solve everything, but she kind of likes it

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