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  •  It's ok to use quote marks inappropriately (2+ / 0-)
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    ChurchofBruce, the good witch

    I cringed when I read this, too. I realized right away that these were "air quotes", not quotations.

    This is a public forum. Professional journalism skills are welcome, but not required. Copy editors don't exist. Spelling and grammar mistakes are tolerable. We welcome diversity and English may not be a primary language. Some folks are grammar and spelling challenged.

    As noted, others had already commented about this issue. It didn't get changed. Providing another comment and a mini-lesson about quotation mark usage isn't helpful. It's off topic.

    Imploring the diarist to change it because it's a serious problem that is certain to result in serious consequences that could result in lawsuits and might lead to the end of the World is just plain rude. You might as well write this in all-caps.

    Seriously, if you really think that the diarist meant to misquote something in the title and you can't let it go, you're way too anal retentive about this shit.

    Take a breath before you throw your Strunk and White at someone.

    "Never wrestle with a pig: you get dirty and the pig enjoys it"

    by GrumpyOldGeek on Thu Aug 16, 2012 at 06:07:55 AM PDT

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    •  There's nothing essential about the "quotes" (4+ / 0-)

      one can convey 99.9% of what this diary has to say with simple, straight forward paraphrasing that does not mislead the readers.

      You're not being "oppressed" when another group gains rights you've always enjoyed.

      by Scott Wooledge on Thu Aug 16, 2012 at 10:15:24 AM PDT

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    •  It's called "learning" (1+ / 0-)
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      jennifer poole

      and when people repeatedly point out a glaring mistake it should be corrected. Informality is fine, to a point. This is a written forum for communication and there are standards and rules that still need to apply.

      The title is misleading and should be corrected. It's as simple as that.

      Not this mind and not this heart, I won't rot • Mumford & Sons

      by jayden on Thu Aug 16, 2012 at 07:27:20 PM PDT

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