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Is there punctuation for words treated as words?

Although you can put treason and traitor in quotation marks or italics, the use of words like in the sentence to indicate that they are being referenced as words rather than syntactic entities means ...
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Is there punctuation for words treated as words?

I can't speak to whether the New York Times is following a style guide that bids them to leave off the quotation marks. I would have written that paragraph with quotes. I can, however, answer your ...
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Rules for three sets of quotation marks

The "rule" is to alternate quote marks. You can start with doubles or singles on the outside, following whatever style guide you prefer, but then alternate. I prefer to start with double-quotes, which ...
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Is it improper to use the Right Quote character, if there's no Left Quote character paired with it?

Inches (like seconds of arc and seconds of time) are denoted by the double prime mark, not a quotation mark, although for ease of typing, it is common to see the straight quotation mark (the "...
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Which is the correct 'apostrophe' to use when typing? ' (quote) or ` (backtick)

A backtick would be my last recommendation. A straight single-quote is acceptable, and a curly close quote can be substituted as an improvement. In other words, of these three: It`s common sense. . . ...
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What's the difference between using single and double quotation marks/inverted commas?

User66974's answer citing The Oxford Guide to Style (a British publication) neatly summarizes the difference between predominant British and U.S. English punctuation styles regarding double and single ...
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When citing a French citation in the original, should the guillemets (angle quotes) be changed? What about punctuation order?

If you are quoting a chunk of French then it is no longer an English document: it is a mixed English and French document. For the French parts you should follow French rules, and for the English parts,...
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Are there cases where a closing quotation mark has no matching opening one?

I know of one. Here are some examples: CHAPTER ELEVEN Elizabeth McDowell." There was reluctance in Yao's voice as he spoke the name, as if it were a truth he did not wish to acknowledge. Eliot ...
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How should I punctuate around quotes where the punctuation required by the quote interferes with the punctuation of the sentence?

I find this entire discussion quite intriguing, to be honest. Assuming that most people will come here looking for guidance on a rather non-complex scale: The American convention for punctuation of ...
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Is the speech after the quotative "like" always non-literal?

In your example you are actually implying that he did say that. When you use "like" like this it's entirely possible for people to think the person actually said it, and it's entirely possible for ...
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Which punctuation (if any) should accompany the inclusion of Japanese characters in an English text?

Since you are writing in English the ordinary punctuation rules for English would apply. Use square brackets [] or parentheses () to offset an entire parenthetical sojourn into kanji or kana, and ...
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How to use quotation marks when quoting more than one paragraphs?

The standard way of doing this is to put a quote mark at the start of each paragraph, but if a quote continues to the next paragraph, don't close the quote until it really ends. "The next period ...
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Capitalizing First Letter of Word in Continuing Dialogue

Different publishers are likely to handle the punctuation differently. I doubt that you'll be able to please them all, whichever convention you adopt. At this point, I'll express my own preferences ...
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Do I need quote marks when I quote myself?

Yes. The subject of the quote doesn't have any bearing on whether or not to use quote marks. You should use quotation marks when you are quoting someone word-for-word, like this: I said, "You ...
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Quotation marks - Is there any incoherence in these examples from Wikipedia?

What the examples are meant to demonstrate (and quite well, I think) is that (1) while there is no standard that dictates that words or speech must always be enclosed in one type of quotation mark or ...
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Is there punctuation for words treated as words?

Or is this just a NYT style thing? Of course it’s a New York Times style thing. Their in-house style guide is the New York Times Manual of Style and Usage, which—being neither free nor online except ...
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Can Quotation Marks be Used When Describing the Contents of a Label?

In this case, you’re perfectly fine using quotation marks, because what you’re essentially doing is quoting the text on the button. In essence, there is little structural difference between the ...
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Parentheses or quotations for English name (foreigner)?

It is appropriate to include one's preferred name on a résumé or other business correspondence. See this page. Many English speakers would have no idea how to pronounce "Minh" (or "Nguyen"). I would ...
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Where did the practice of using quotation marks to discredit an opponent ("scare-quotes") come from?

Very similar to what you describe for written text is the use of air quotes when speaking. In my opinion, as air quotes mimic the typographic symbol of quotation marks, the ironic or discrediting use ...
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Putting a title in quotes -- is it still italicized?

Style guide preferences on the question of whether to use quotation marks or italics for titles of works vary depending on the guide and on the type of work that the title is associated with. But ...
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How do I quote a quote that has quotes in it?

Here's how I'd punctuate the material: " 'Did you never hear of the "Fountain of Youth"?' " In diagram form: (") (')Did you never hear of the (")Fountain of Youth(")?(') ("). The first ...
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Identical opening and closing curly single quotation marks

The phenomenon you describe is almost certainly an artifact of the default settings for apostrophes/single quotation marks that Tor Books' word-processing program enforces. Here is an example of how ...
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Should suggested names be written with quotation marks?

Yes, the convention is that you place something in quotation marks when you are talking about the name itself, and not about the object of reference of that name. It has nothing to do with if the ...
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Do you need to put the names of TV shows in quotation marks or not?

How to distinguish titles of works is a matter of style. There is no single, universally correct answer; you should adhere to the guidance of your editor, publication, or organization, or in the ...
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Capitalization with quotation marks when the quote is not direct speech

As Edwin Ashworth says in his comment above, this is a tricky area. Since the two messages that are currently embedded in quotation marks in your example are complete thoughts, I would be inclined to ...
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Ending a quotation in a comma?

Yes it is. At least if we believe ODO's take on the matter, and personally I see no valid reason to not believe them, except if you (have to) follow a style guide that tells you differently. ODO says: ...
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"Scare quotes" and placement of question mark--inside or outside?

It definitely belongs outside the quotes. The ? is in the scope of the sentence, but outside the scope of your emphasis on stuff. <-- period goes outside, see?
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Have unnecessary quotation marks evolved?

SHORT ANSWER: The quotation marks appear to be an attempt to claim trademark protection for a brand or tagline that may be entitled to little or no right to protection. In themselves, they do not ...
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What's the difference between using single and double quotation marks/inverted commas?

One use of single and double quotation marks not mentioned in any of the other answers is when quotation marks need to be nested, as in the case where a quotation itself includes a quotation. For ...
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