Quotation mark to signal unusual usage of a word
When you use the quotation mark to signal unusual usage of a word, do you use the mark only the first time, or throughout an entire essay?Edit: for example, I am using a noun in a different way than it is conventionally used to convey a meaning I find necessary for the essay. It is not a proper noun.
That's an interesting question, Dillon! Could you provide more context? I'm not sure why you would want to use such a word repeatedly in an essay unless it is a name or part of a direct quote. If it is a name (proper noun), it should be capitalized. Formal writing doesn't use slang or quote the same person repeatedly.
|link||answered Nov 27 '13 at 10:26 Patty T Grammarly Fellow|
The Chicago Manual of Style discourages the use -- or the overuse -- of "scare quotes" -- that's what they are called.
Scare quotes should only be used to signal an ironic or purposefully incorrect use of a word. (You should use italics to signal the use of uncommon words borrowed from other languages.)
Patty makes a good point ... and CMoS implies the same. Why would you repeatedly use a word ironically or incorrectly? Once has power ... but overuse causes the effect to be dilluted.
I hope this helps.
|link comment||answered Nov 27 '13 at 17:13 Jeff Pribyl Grammarly Fellow|
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