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  Tips for Writers by Brad Hyde (October 1, 2007)
 


"Ironic?" Maybe! Using Quotation Marks Correctly

This "tip" is a good one! What happens when I put quotation marks on the word, tip? In most cases, the meaning becomes its opposite: the tip is no longer a tip, but, instead, is probably not worth reading.

Be careful not to fall into a quotation mark trap. When wishing to give a word emphasis, use boldface or italic to let us know. Reserve the quotation marks on a single word (or few words) for intended irony or sarcasm.

To see how big a problem this is, visit The "Blog" of "Unnecessary" Quotation Marks for photos of misused quotation marks from around the world.

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