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- n. Symbols used to denote a quotation in writing, written at the beginning and end of the quotation. The symbols vary across languages, and slightly different marks may sometimes be used at the beginning and end of the quotation. See below and quotation mark for the symbols used in the English language, which vary between the United Kingdom and North America.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. two inverted commas placed at the beginning, and two apostrophes at the end, of a passage quoted from an author in his own words.
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Geof put verbal quotation marks around the word confessed and also around sin, but maybe I was the only one who heard them.
The Random House Historical Dictionary of American Slang notes an absence of capitalization or quotation marks in this citation and thinks it “probable that the 1909 quotation represents a metaphorical or perhaps proverbial usage, rather than a concrete example of the later slang term.”
15 Like the placement of periods before or after quotation marks and conventions about how to write out the date, the trivalent diphtheria-pertussis-tetanus vaccine is referred to differently depending on which side of the Atlantic you find yourself on, with “DTP” being the preferred abbreviation in the U.K. and “DPT” the accepted one in the United States.
She spoke playfully and in quotation marks of “my family” and seemed to show a preference for the two New Zealanders, Douglas Grace and Ursula Harme.