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Michael Janda

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Widows, Orphans, and Runts

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WIDOWS, ORPHANS, AND RUNTS

WIDOW: The last line of a paragraph at the top of a page or column.⁣ ⁣

RUNT: The last line of a paragraph that ends in a short word or hyphenated word.⁣

Most people call all of these terms “widows.” Some people try to sound smart and call some things “orphans.” I’ve never heard any designer use the term “runt”...ever...in 24 years of a design career.⁣

The widow wants to go back in time where its husband is.

The orphan wants to move forward in life to be with a family.

The runt is too small to be left all alone. (Nobody will condemn you if you call a runt a widow.⁣

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