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I know that a word or phrase preceded by "so-called" does not need to be set off with quotation marks.  What about just "called"?  As in the following:

 

I also tuned in to a shortwave channel called “Voice of America.” 

 

Intuitively it seems wrong, but I cannot seem to find a rule targeting this specific question anywhere.

asked Feb 19 '13 at 16:05 Lynn Cross New member

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No, called should not be enclosed in quotation marks. And neither should Voice of America.

 

The quotation marks you ask about are called scare quotes, and they should only be used in very specific situations. Here is a link to an answer I gave several months ago on this topic.

 

http://www.grammarly.com/answers/questions/8052-do-you-use-quotation-marks-for-idioms-or-emphasis/

 

I hope this help.

link comment answered Feb 19 '13 at 20:42 Jeff Pribyl Grammarly Fellow

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