What is with "quote, unquote"?

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2012/06/10 16:15:57 (permalink)

What is with "quote, unquote"?

I am seeing and hearing it all the time. I was no star English student, and I hated grammar, but I have made some nice extra pocket change over the years as a freelance writer. In general, my editors were good English students, and I have had to do more than a few re-writes, but that is another story..........
 
Why have editors let this "quote,unquote" stuff get by? I've seen it used in far better publications than those that publish my stuff........
 
I first remember the term in a President Kennedy speech. I must have been in middle school. He said ".....quote, bla bla bla, unquote". I wondered what he was doing, and my parents explained, and then my teacher at school brought it up the next day. (and why do I remember this????who knows). I have heard it used in speeches since, without much thought. In the last few years it has been used, incorrectly, in common speech......"It is like, you know, quote, unquote totally fat".
 
Now it am seeing it in print. No wonder English is so hard to learn.
post edited by tmiles - 2012/06/10 16:19:27
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