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    Come on we are all guilty of this..... " Unnecessary quotation marks."


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    There are times it is ok and times when it isn't. If it is just used for "emphasis" then that is a tad poor, if it is used to highlight a commonly quoted word / concept / phrase then I don't have too much of an issue, and where it is to show that it is referring to something from another place ... well .. "Just Do It"!

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    Quote Originally Posted by GrumbleDook View Post
    There are times it is ok and times when it isn't. If it is just used for "emphasis" then that is a tad poor, if it is used to highlight a commonly quoted word / concept / phrase then I don't have too much of an issue, and where it is to show that it is referring to something from another place ... well .. "Just Do It"!
    I have to say, I "agree" with you.

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    "not guilty"

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    *sigh*, how I "love" edugeek

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    Now the use of the double asterisk is an interesting one as well. I quite frequently use it, as for some software I use it will automatically convert it to bold (to add emphasis) or, where all text is kept as plain text as much as possible, to add emphasis. It is a habit I picked up in some IRC channels and on usenet, and I have never gotten rid of it. It makes me wonder whether we are guilty of over formatting text when a few extra symbols can be used to give the extra meaning. After all, we use smileys.

    Air quotes though ... that is another matter completely!

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    I started using *star* emphasis on fidonet, and it stuck.. anyone else an ex fido point, I wonder...

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    My terrible habit is the use of the hyphen - I use it all the time.
    I can't remember where I picked it up from, most probably LAN Server / OS/2 / Mainframe related.

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    I tend to use the **star** myself, leaving quote marks for, well quoting people

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    I use star *shrugs* and scare quotes for 'emphasis' alternating with _underline_. Hyphens - guilty too.

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    Then again ... my favourite set of punctuation marks is the ellipsis ... and I consistently use it incorrectly too ... I use it to denote a lengthened pause in the sentence but it should be a word directly followed by... as if you are leaving a sentence hanging...

    Again, from IRC and usenet, as a means of replicating a speech pattern (the basis of most written prose when you get down to the nuts and bolts of it).

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    Quote Originally Posted by GrumbleDook View Post
    Then again ... my favourite set of punctuation marks is the ellipsis ... .
    I've put my "dunces" hat on - ellipsis?

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    Quote Originally Posted by tmcd35 View Post
    I've put my "dunces" hat on - ellipsis?
    Effectively three full stops - "..." (sorry, couldn't resist)

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    "...---..."

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    Quote Originally Posted by 36Degrees View Post
    Effectively three full stops - "..." (sorry, couldn't resist)
    Oh. I thought that was just called "three full stops"...

    Quote Originally Posted by Gatt View Post
    "...---..."
    We *all* need a little "help" around here

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