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I have edited academic publications, and the acknowledgements sections often had funny bits, as described here. So I'm one of the few people who almost always reads the acknowledgements sections of publications.

http://www.slate.com/blogs/future_tense/2013/12/27/academics_hide_snarky_clever_comments_in_the_acknowledgments_sections_of.html

Date: 28 Dec 2013 09:55 pm (UTC)
jae: (tenuregecko)
From: [personal profile] jae
Huh. In my field, the acknowledgements go in the first footnote, and are therefore kind of obvious.

-J

Date: 28 Dec 2013 10:33 pm (UTC)
cavlec: Words are the litmus paper of the mind. (words are litmus paper)
From: [personal profile] cavlec
The acknowledgments section of my last one is, um, perhaps unusual. Though it's also tiresome because I really had no choice but to explain the joke, which is never not deadly.

Date: 29 Dec 2013 07:05 am (UTC)
thnidu: When all I have is a hammer, everything looks like my thumb ("thumb" is in big blood-red letters) (thumb)
From: [personal profile] thnidu
I just looked at it. Oh ye gods! I was really wondering about the snarky tone as I skimmed over it, till finally (especially) the Author's Note made it clear.

Date: 29 Dec 2013 06:16 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] cavlec
Yup. I tried to write this article in a non-snarky way, like, six different times. None of them gelled; I kept running into "they won't let you say this" and "they wouldn't even let you RESEARCH this."

So I said it a different way because it needed saying. Call it an Indigo-Girls-Galileo moment. ;)

Date: 29 Dec 2013 08:40 pm (UTC)
thnidu: my familiar. "Beanie Baby" -type dragon, red with white wings (Default)
From: [personal profile] thnidu

Ohh yeah.

Date: 29 Dec 2013 07:27 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] thnidu
And on the opposite side of the coin, the Acknowledgements of my dissertation ended with this Latin text:
Et in loco supremo maximas gratias ago Renatae amatissimae, reginae cordis mei, sine qua nihil.
Meaning:
And in the last/highest place, I offer my greatest thanks to my most beloved Rene, without whom there would be nothing.
She was typing it up for me late one night in the department office while I worked on later parts, and our four-year-old daughter, bless her, played quietly on the floor. When she came to that part (she was a double major in Latin and English Lit.) she cried out "Oh, no, I can't type this!"

That was 32 years ago, but the memory is still clear. I lost her 2 years ago; this memory is one of my treasures.

Date: 29 Dec 2013 04:43 pm (UTC)
thnidu: warm red heart on orange streaked background (heart)
From: [personal profile] thnidu
Oops, I left a phrase out of the translation. It should be:
And in the last/highest place, I offer my greatest thanks to my most beloved Rene, the queen of my heart, without whom there would be nothing.

Date: 29 Dec 2013 03:48 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] pulchritude
I've generally skimmed over acknowledgements in books but not in journal articles...seems like I've been missing gems!

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