Quote quote unquote unquote

I’ve always been thrown by the whole quote unquote thing. Not the fact that people are quoting other people—that’s fine. But the fact that their closing quotation marks are always said before the quote itself. So how much of the ensuing wisdom was actually quoted? Does it ever end? Surely it would be more sensible to follow the written standard by de-quoting the quote at its conclusion rather than before it’s started. Quote, it’s just an idea, unquote.

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  1. elise on January 17th, 2008 01:58

    you really do need a hobby, dan.

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