Date: Tue, 30 Apr 1996 12:53:16 -0400 From: "M. Lynne Murphy" <104LYN[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]MUSE.ARTS.WITS.AC.ZA> Subject: scare quotes i've been looking in likely places for citations of "scare quotes." (i've got to write 3 exams for tomorrow. i think this explains my vigorous interest in finding citations today.) and i've only found one, but here it is, for what it's worth. from a handout given to students by georgia green (ca. 1990, dept. of linguistics, university of illinois/urbana): A STOPLIST OF WORDS AND MORPHEMES Your claims will be more testable, and your prose more persuasive if the following words do not appear in it. 1 Hedges _should_, _may_, _can_, _seem_, _considered_, _likely, scare quotes* *Use italics or underlining to mark linguistic expressions cited as forms, single quotes to mark meanings. Use double quotes for direct quotation only. Do not use scare quotes at all. Do as I say, not as I do. ... --------------------------------------------------------------------- M. Lynne Murphy 104lyn[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE] Department of Linguistics phone: 27(11)716-2340 University of the Witwatersrand fax: 27(11)716-8030 Johannesburg 2050 SOUTH AFRICA