[Ads-l] quotes for emphasis

Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Mon May 9 00:27:58 UTC 2022

I wonder when the first complaints began to appear about signs advertising
"fresh" fruits and vegetables--the greengrocer's scare quotes, as it were.


On Sun, May 8, 2022 at 11:54 AM Jonathan Lighter <wuxxmupp2000 at gmail.com>

> Am not sure that anyone has looked into when it became common to use
> quotation marks for emphasis rather than for skepticism or the like.
> I've just seen a photo that seems to have been taken early last century,
> perhaps before 1918, that shows a crowd behind a large sign that says:
>                                                U.S. CIVIL WAR
>                                                  "VETERANS"
>                                           Not For Ourselves, BUT
>                                             FOR OUR COUNTRY.
> https://www.quora.com/Why-in-the-US-has-there-never-been-the-tradition-of-parading-military-vehicles-and-missile-launchers-as-in-North-Korea-China-or-Russia
> JL
> "If the truth is half as bad as I think it is, you can't handle the truth."
> ------------------------------------------------------------
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