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  •  and it's not in quotes (1+ / 0-)
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    Little

    so it doesn't read as snark.

    •  You think quotation marks are required to (1+ / 0-)
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      denig

      denote snark?

      In fact, it's a grammar faux pas that drives me up one wall and down the other.  Quotation marks are used to delineate quoted material, not to identify sarcasm or to criticize the text inside the quotation as dubious.

      Argh!  I know that this misconception has become common but it drives me nuts, and even worse, it degrades the value of the quotation mark entirely, if people can no longer mentally trust it to mean what it normally means.

      "The first drawback of anger is that it destroys your inner peace; the second is that it distorts your view of reality. If you come to understand that anger is really unhelpful, you can begin to distance yourself from anger." - The Dalai Lama

      by auron renouille on Mon Mar 25, 2013 at 07:54:53 PM PDT

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