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Re^2: strip out anything inbetween brackets

by Jasper (Chaplain)
on Apr 05, 2005 at 17:01 UTC ( #445038=note: print w/ replies, xml ) Need Help??


in reply to Re: strip out anything inbetween brackets
in thread strip out anything inbetween brackets

I'll take some issue with some of your linguistic pedantry. :)

Parentheses are a type of bracket, surely. What do they do but bracket things? You point out that backets come in the square, curly, and angle flavours. Why leave out round flavour?

What's wrong with using the term 'speech marks'? Speech is double quoted in almost all literature I've come across, and I certainly grew up referring to double quotes as such. To insist on calling them quotation marks seems odd, especially when you go on to talk about double and single 'quotes' ('quotes' almost certainly being an abbreviation of 'quotation marks'). I've always called single quotes single quotes, though.

While I appreciate your intent to educate, I do think you're incorrect or misleading on some of these points. But do correct me if you think I'm wrong.

I'd like to point out that I was doing some work while writing this reply, and smylers nipped in in front of me ;)


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Re^3: strip out anything inbetween brackets
by ww (Bishop) on Apr 05, 2005 at 17:38 UTC

    oops. Now ya got me ranting (and nitpicking): despite the smile, "pedantry" (of which I can be guilty :>}) twists my arms and makes me disagree (on grounds of insuffient precision and breadth) with "Speech is double quoted in almost all literature I've come across,...."

    Specifically, printed versions of speech are customarily double-quoted except when that speech is both single- and double-quoted (a quote of another utterance) and, in fact, depending on the narrowness of your definition of speech (ie, if narrower than a (US?) legalism in which speech includes writing, and sometimes even throwing paint at a wall), then double-quotes are also used to indicate an utterance in words, regardless of the technique.

    [/rant]
            :<}

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