12/29/08

In Quotes

In a smart column, Jonathan Chait skewers the editorial page of the Wall Street Journal for its liberal use of quotation marks, reminding us that sloppy punctuation is an outward sign of sloppy thinking.
The scare quote is the perfect device for making an insinuation without proving it, or even necessarily making clear what you're insinuating. A mundane fact--say, Paul Gigot taking a colleague to dinner--translated into Journal editorial-ese would be rendered, "Wall Street Journal editorial page 'editor' Paul Gigot recently patronized a 'legitimate business establishment' with his 'associate.'"
Read the rest here.

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