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Punctuation and Truth [Apr. 15th, 2010|01:51 pm]
Nicodemus
Punctuation is important. I'm a real stickler for punctuation. (I used to be only an artificial stickler but then I found a genuine organic stickle at this trendy local shop, so I upgraded.)

One thing that always bugs me is scare quotes. You know, "those things". Yet sometimes, ever so rarely, they are actually appropriate:



I feel "secure". In fact, I'm so tired right now, I feel like taking a half-hour power "security".
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[User Picture]From: yippee
2010-04-15 09:28 pm (UTC)
I have a "friend" who far too often puts "certain things" in "quotes" for almost no reason. Like he'd ask me about my latest "FurCon" and if I did any "fursuit" events. I suppose he's trying to just use the "terminology" but he puts it in "quotes" which get really... "distracting."
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[User Picture]From: aeto
2010-04-15 10:54 pm (UTC)
Yes. I dislike that misuse far, far more than actual "scare quotes," which server at least some form of meaning.

I think, in some cases people are using them to make it clear THEY aren't the one saying this.

Ie: So, did you have fun at your "FurCon?" (See! _I_ am not saying FurCon, I'm just saying a word you use! Really! Uh huh!)

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[User Picture]From: raxmei
2010-04-15 11:47 pm (UTC)
http://www.unnecessaryquotes.com/ has lots of those. A personal favorites is 'Register to "vote" here'
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[User Picture]From: nicodemusrat
2010-04-16 02:36 am (UTC)
Oh dear. Dear me.
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[User Picture]From: harvardheinous
2010-04-16 12:26 am (UTC)
Yep, that's a “good” one!  No, really!
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[User Picture]From: marko_the_rat
2010-04-16 11:02 am (UTC)
That one that stuck in my memory was: No "dogs" allowed.
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[User Picture]From: timberwoof
2010-04-17 05:18 pm (UTC)

More Bad Punctuation

I think people use quotation marks for "emphasis".

I've begun to collect sentences that illustrate the importance of commas, which people often forget to use.

It's time to barbecue boys and girls!

Spock is not an elf dumbass.

Snidely Badperson, you are charged with killing Violet Victim, a human being in violation of the penal code.
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[User Picture]From: nicodemusrat
2010-04-18 02:36 am (UTC)

Re: More Bad Punctuation

And the importance of the serial comma, which can create interesting situations if omitted:

"The author wishes to thank her parents, Mother Theresa and the Pope."
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[User Picture]From: timberwoof
2010-04-18 05:28 pm (UTC)

Thank you!

A perfect example of why that last comma is "necessary". (The author of "Eats, Shoots and Leaves" writes that there are about six different types of commas. It is unfortunate that they all use the same symbol.)
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