Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Have I Done This?

Have I ever used quotation marks for emphasis? Nathan Bransford says it absolutely is not done. He also says it's an error committed by "people of a certain age." (I am not quoting him there. I am using quotation marks to either show irony or euphemism. I'm not sure which, but it doesn't matter because Bransford says both are acceptable.)

Being older than dirt, myself, I fear I have used them for emphasis--but not since technology provided me with italics!

The "Blog" of "unnecessary" quotation marks should help us all remember to curb our quotation mark usage.

2 comments:

Keri said...

I don't do it in my writing but I've been known to use airquotes while speaking.

gail said...

I bet you're being ironic when you're doing that.