Posts Tagged ‘quotation marks’

Abusing quotation marks

Thursday, March 29th, 2012

Many writers overuse quotation marks to add emphasis, tone, or suggestive accents. While it is occasionally a good practice to make a word stand out, it is incredibly annoying when you make too many words stand out. If you try to raise the emphasis, suggest a new meaning, or add tone to too many words in a sentence, you muddle up the real emphasis and tone.

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Punctuation abuse

Tuesday, March 27th, 2012

Misuses of punctuation can be annoying and such misuses have become commonplace in personal and business correspondence. The overuse of “quotation marks” and the overuse of parentheses (these neat little devices that let you slide comments into a sentence) are two good examples I see everyday.

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A Cacophony of Emphasis

Friday, September 30th, 2011

With all the features of modern word processing, we have many alternatives for adding emphasis and tone to our writing. While it is occasionally a good practice to make a word stand out, it is incredibly annoying when you make too many words stand out. If you try to raise the emphasis, suggest a new meaning, or add tone to too many words in a sentence, you muddle up the intended emphasis and tone.

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Punctuation abuse

Thursday, September 29th, 2011

Misuses of punctuation can also add redundancy and clutter in any writing. Two examples in today’s world are the overuse of “quotation marks” and the overuse of parentheses (these neat little devices that let you slide comments into a sentence).

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