So, what’s another trick of the indexing trade, for you to hunt out? Adjectives. It’s really poor form for an index entry to be just an adjective. Even if there are a bunch of subheadings that follow it. So something like this is right out:
Adorable what? Adorable puppies? Adorable baby goats? Adorable spiders?
This is right out too:
baby goats, 87
They all deserve their own entries (and probably not under ‘adorable’ anyway, cos you’d be more likely to look up ‘puppies’ not ‘adorable’).
How about this one:
chic, 40, 42, 45-49
Chic what? Chic fashion? Chic decor? Chic teenagers (it could happen)?
It’s fine for an adjective to be included in a main heading, like so:
purple cocktails, 54-56
purple paints, 110-113
But you ought never to see anything like this (although you will):
So, here’s another pointer for a poorly written index, and another opportunity for you to “Tsk tsk tsk” and sound all superior and knowledgeable when perusing indexes …