from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A single quotation mark, ('). This is often used for a quote within a quote, as in "Tom said 'What?'"
- n. A punctuation mark to indicate that the text is a semi-quote, i.e. a close paraphrase that uses some of the author's original words.
- n. A phrase that is a close paraphrase that uses some of the authors original words. For instance: "A fanatic is someone who will not change his mind or the subject of discussion," according to Winston Churchill.
- v. To make a close paraphrase of a quotation, using some of its words.
- v. To modify a quote, adapting it to different circumstances but preserving the intent. "To semi-quote Shakespeare …"
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The link in the title above (and the wonderful semi-quote) come from an article in The Chronicle of Higher Education, Sept. 1, 2006, by Scott Carlson.
To semi-quote Samuel Johnson, the virtues of chick-lit's heroines are the vices of a true feminist.
TechCrunch why semi-quote ‘iPhone Killer’ for this and every other phone that dares offer an alternative to your beloved fanboys iphone?
You guys mention ‘iPhone Killer’ in every article that relates to non-iphone smart phones, then you semi-quote it as if the company (in this case HTC) has released a press release titled – “seriously, this is our iPhone killer”.
Here is a semi-quote I just read on another blog …
To semi-quote John Lennon, "give the residual claimant a chance"
Island sums it up with a semi-quote from the great Peter Noone!
To semi-quote artist currently known as Prince, "Are You Ready To Party Like it is 4077?"
To semi-quote Of Montreal, it's time my mood shifted back to good again, so let's have a (potentially at least) cheerier theme this week: comics and cartoon characters.