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Jedi

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Date: Feb 1, 2012
Asterisks vs. quotation marks
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Just wondering, when people post why do they use *asterisks* to surround text that they are quoting, instead of "quotation marks"?

Common usage in writing has always been quotation marks to surround a quote. Are people just not aware of that? Or is there no quotation mark option on hand-held devices, and it's a technical issue?

I see it more and more on message boards. It doesn't particularly bother me except that the more kids are exposed to this, the more they will think it is correct in writing.

I will admit to being a language purist. You know how it works with the dictionary. Dictionaries reflect common usage, which means as we corrupt the language more and more, those corrupt words will appear in the dictionary. Like the word "ain't".

Or perhaps the usage of the asterisk has already changed in computer land and I am just not aware of it?



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Jedi

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I've never seen asterisks used in place of quotation marks. But I do think it's weird to use an asterisk in place of the quotation mark. I wouldn't know they were quoting something.

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Sith Lord

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I use astericks when bolding is not allowed, but never in place of quotes.

 

example: *hugs* is a common usage of mine when writting to dear friends or family.

 

I think it's just sloppy,  incorrect usage if in place of quotes. I blame texting and hippies, both subvert the norm!



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I'm a cool kid

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YellowDaisy6 wrote:

I use astericks when bolding is not allowed, but never in place of quotes.

 

example: *hugs* is a common usage of mine when writting to dear friends or family.

 

I think it's just sloppy,  incorrect usage if in place of quotes. I blame texting and hippies, both subvert the norm!


 I text and still manage to use proper English 99% of the time.

biggrin

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Jedi

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I appreciate those of you who use proper usage!



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aka PBJ (M)

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Blankie when I use asterisks, I mean them for emphasis, not quotation.

Speaking for myself I attribute this to limitations of texting (especially from a phone). I use asterisks in exactly the same situations as when I would underline. If possible, I underline the word or phrase. If that's not possible but I still want to emphasize it, I surround with asterisks.

Also, for awhile on Facebook chat, surrounding *term* with asterisks bolded the term.

Meanwhile, I reserve quotation marks for terms that others use, or that are in common usage somehow.



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Sith Lord

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flan327 wrote:
YellowDaisy6 wrote:

I use astericks when bolding is not allowed, but never in place of quotes.

 

example: *hugs* is a common usage of mine when writting to dear friends or family.

 

I think it's just sloppy,  incorrect usage if in place of quotes. I blame texting and hippies, both subvert the norm!


 I text and still manage to use proper English 99% of the time.

biggrin

flan


 icwutudiddere!

 

I cringed typing it, but i do abuse English daily.



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aka PBJ (M)

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YellowDaisy6 wrote:
flan327 wrote:
YellowDaisy6 wrote:

I use astericks when bolding is not allowed, but never in place of quotes.

example: *hugs* is a common usage of mine when writting to dear friends or family.

 

I think it's just sloppy,  incorrect usage if in place of quotes. I blame texting and hippies, both subvert the norm!


 I text and still manage to use proper English 99% of the time.

biggrin

flan


 icwutudiddere!

 

I cringed typing it, but i do abuse English daily.




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Sporkers Unite! (M)

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Date: Feb 1, 2012
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Interesting thread!

I personally use asterisks when attempting to describe an action on my part, for example: 

***swoon***

***frantically searching for transporter on-button***

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Jedi

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Date: Feb 1, 2012
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I understand and agree with the use of the asterisk for emphasis, particularly as Honeys and PBJ explained.

What I see more and more, however, is people actually taking a quotation (meaning words attributed to another speaker) and putting asterisks around it. It's as though they've come to depend on the asterisk to do everything, and have forgotten about the poor lonely unused quotation marks.

I think some of the reason the quotation marks are forgotten is that we  routinely use the electronic quote button (at least on this board) to quote previous posts, which leaves quotation marks more and more unused.

Ah, I guess I must accept what I can't change. Not really a biggie. But it makes me feel like an old fogey.



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aka PBJ (M)

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Blankie wrote:

I understand and agree with the use of the asterisk for emphasis, particularly as Honeys and PBJ explained.

What I see more and more, however, is people actually taking a quotation (meaning words attributed to another speaker) and putting asterisks around it. It's as though they've come to depend on the asterisk to do everything, and have forgotten about the poor lonely unused quotation marks.

I think some of the reason the quotation marks are forgotten is that we  routinely use the electronic quote button (at least on this board) to quote previous posts, which leaves quotation marks more and more unused.

Ah, I guess I must accept what I can't change. Not really a biggie. But it makes me feel like an old fogey.


I'll pull up a rocking chair next to yours!

Accept but also transcend, is my approach. That something is a new trend or commonly used by others doesn't make it right, and I refuse to capitulate. Quotation marks are reserved for certain tasks, and that's how I continue to use them!

I also forgot about expressions *hugs* and *squee* and so forth. Yes, I use asterisks in those situations as well.



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At Gnome in the kitchen

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Like HM, I use asterisks to denote an action.

Using asterisks as quotation marks is just

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Aardvark

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Date: Feb 1, 2012
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When I'm quoting, I use "quoted text". I use asterisks around actions. *headdesk*

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