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When reading aloud a quotation, where part is skipped and replaced by [...], what should I say in place of the [...]?

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    Nothing? It means something was omitted from the quotation, but I never heard anyone pronouncing an omitted bit... – oerkelens Nov 20 '17 at 17:19
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    If the text flows, say nothing. If that is not possible, you could pause, and then say "The author continues..." – Mick Nov 20 '17 at 17:29
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    Hehe... Late-night talk show host Stephen Colbert reads them as "dot dot dot" when he reads Trump's tweets. youtube.com/watch?v=fmFSprHE7zo – NVZ Nov 20 '17 at 19:38
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You say "ellipsis". If the text says, "Cleanliness is ... godliness" you say, "Cleanliness is, ellipsis, godliness."

  • This is silly. Have you ever heard anyone actually do this? Can you imagine someone actually doing this? Do you also enunciate other punctuation? Do you say "comma" and "question mark"? – Dan Bron Nov 20 '17 at 17:50
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  • Dan Bron wrote, "This is silly. Have you ever heard anyone actually do this?" Yes, in an academic setting at the recitation of a thesis. – Karen Nov 20 '17 at 19:10
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    @Dan Why is this silly? It’s not uncommon to hear people say “quote-unquote” or “in parentheses” when reading something out loud if it’s important to indicate that something is given in quotes or parentheses. Why would adding that there’s an ellipsis be any different? – Janus Bahs Jacquet Nov 20 '17 at 19:24
  • @Janus For the same reason enunciating commas is different. Because no one actually does it. In the end, pragmatics wins. Just picture, really picture, talking to someone who is reciting quoted material and says "Monkeys, ellipsis, like bananas"; hear it in your head; think about how it would sound to you and how you would react in real life. It's absurd. No one does it. The answer (and question) conflates the written with the oral and fails to recognize their fundamental differences and independence. You can't treat them as the same thing. – Dan Bron Nov 20 '17 at 19:27

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