Editor’s Annoyance: Quotation Marks

Okay people, let’s talk about your quotation marks.  Quotation marks have a specific use: to designate a chunk of text that is directly attributable to someone else.  Or to indicate inches.  That’s what they are for.

Here is the offending sentence, or the beginning of it:

If your “primary” computer is …

Quotation marks are not for emphasis.  They are a rotten substitute for the missing-but-potentially-useful sarcasm font.  Punctuation is there to enhance meaning, clarity, and understanding for your audience.  Don’t put it in there all willy-nilly because you think it makes you sound smart.

I’m going to go back to breathing now.

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Editor’s Annoyance: Quotation Marks

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