Quotation Marks and Irony? See "Scam" Example
When using quotation marks to mark a word with irony, is it better to use single or double quotation marks. Which is more correct?
- He has passed the 'difficult' scam test.
- He has passed the "difficult" scam test.
I've read different opinions, but what is the stance of Grammarly and their staff?
In my experience, the double quotation marks are clearer when using them to express irony or sarcasm. I use to single (' ') when I am quoting a word or short phrase from a text.
Both are correct, however, and which one you use is a matter of style.
If you are in a traditional setting, I suggest using the quotation marks for showing both irony and for quotations.
I hope this helps.
|link comment||answered May 16 '11 at 17:02 Kimberly Expert|
I tend to use italics for mine, but now that I read this, I'm thinking that maybe I should use quotes. Maybe that is why my irony was never picked up on :)
So, before I was doing something like: He has passed the difficult scam test.
Now that I think this through, if I were to actually say it allowed, I would probably do the double air quotes. So... I guess from here on out, I'll be using the double quotes for irony. Thanks!!!
|link||answered May 16 '11 at 17:14 Brian Patterson New member|