Category: Quotation Marks

Italics vs. Quotation Marks

Posted on Monday, June 16, 2014, at 10:39 pm

Up until a few decades ago, writers had two choices: write in longhand or use a typewriter. Typewriters had one font. The characters were one size only. If you wanted to cut and paste, you needed scissors and adhesive tape. Writing in italics was all but impossible, except for professional printing companies. Thanks to today's …

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We the People, or…?

Posted on Tuesday, November 12, 2013, at 6:54 pm

For much of the last two months, we have been analyzing why the subject pronouns I, he, she, we, they and the object pronouns me, him, her, us, them are chronically misused and confused. In this final installment, we’ll deal with flawed sentences like Politicians should respect we the people and It’s a happy outcome …

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Sabotage in Broad Daylight?

Posted on Saturday, August 24, 2013, at 3:39 pm

If you like being punched in the gut, type the word literally into Google, everyone’s favorite Internet search engine. Here is what you’ll find: In a literal manner or sense; exactly: “the driver took it literally when asked to go straight over the traffic circle”. Used to acknowledge that something is not literally true but …

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Question Marks with Quotation Marks

Posted on Tuesday, April 9, 2013, at 11:45 am

Last week, we examined the strict rule governing periods and commas with quotation marks. This week, let’s look at the more logical rules governing the use of question marks with quotation marks. Rule - The placement of question marks with quotations follows logic. If a question is in quotation marks, the question mark should be …

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Periods with Quotation Marks

Posted on Tuesday, April 2, 2013, at 3:38 pm

Bart F. recently wrote, “I read your Bluebook rules, but the examples omitted the common usage found when a sentence ends with a quote that completes the thought.” Bart continued: Texas, with a history of rugged individualism, was part of the “Sagebrush rebellion”. I was taught that this was the one exception to the quotation …

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