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Grammatical Interlude: The Two Acceptable Uses of Quotation Marks

Wednesday, September 30th, 2009
Grammatical Interlude: The Two Acceptable Uses of Quotation Marks

Grammatical prescriptivism annoys me to no end. (No ending sentences with prepositions? Ridiculous! Don't split infinitives? Poppycock!) Well, except when I do it... There are exactly two valid uses of quotation marks: when you mean something literally, and when you mean something nonliterally. It ought to be hard to mess that up.  But the following... »

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