Saturday, January 17, 2009

You can make your "point" without "quotation marks"

You can see them everywhere: Somebody "somewhere" who thinks "quotation marks" are "required" for people to "understand" what is "important" in a "sentence."

In the news business, we get all sorts of submissions with totally wrong use of quotation marks. Most of the time, it seems people use them for emphasis of what they think are the key words, when what they really should be using is italics.

Of course, they usually want to emphasize nearly every word, not understanding that people will understand it better without the confusing and wrong punctuation.

Bethany Keeley has been pointing out the misuse of quote marks for a few years now. For a few laughs, spend some time checking out The "Blog" of "Unnecessary" Quotation Marks.

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