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20th October 2010, 03:50 PM #1
Come on we are all guilty of this..... " Unnecessary quotation marks."
20th October 2010, 05:02 PM #2
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"!
20th October 2010, 05:04 PM #3
I have to say, I "agree" with you.
Originally Posted by GrumbleDook
20th October 2010, 05:15 PM #4
20th October 2010, 05:47 PM #5
*sigh*, how I "love" edugeek
20th October 2010, 06:40 PM #6
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!
20th October 2010, 06:43 PM #7
I started using *star* emphasis on fidonet, and it stuck.. anyone else an ex fido point, I wonder...
20th October 2010, 07:21 PM #8
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.
20th October 2010, 07:22 PM #9
I tend to use the **star** myself, leaving quote marks for, well quoting people
20th October 2010, 08:57 PM #10
I use star *shrugs* and scare quotes for 'emphasis' alternating with _underline_. Hyphens - guilty too.
20th October 2010, 10:59 PM #11
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).
21st October 2010, 09:01 AM #12
I've put my "dunces" hat on - ellipsis?
Originally Posted by GrumbleDook
21st October 2010, 09:06 AM #13
Effectively three full stops - "..." (sorry, couldn't resist)
Originally Posted by tmcd35
21st October 2010, 09:16 AM #14
21st October 2010, 09:24 AM #15
Oh. I thought that was just called "three full stops"...
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