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Scare quotes, shudder quotes, or sneer quotes are quotation marks placed around a word or phrase to signal that a term is being used in a non-standard, ironic, or otherwise special sense. They may be used to imply that a particular expression is not necessarily how the author would have worded a concept. Scare quotes may serve a function similar to verbally preceding a phrase with the expression "so-called"—they may imply skepticism or disagreement, belief that the words are mis-used, or that the writer intends a meaning opposite to the words enclosed in quotes.

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    Quotes from lawmakers

    Reading here an op-ed from last Sundays tri-city tabloid "herald" by the Everett Herald. This is about the initiative process in Washington State about the new "holding cops accountable" law. Here's the reason for this post. "I have incredibly grave concerns that we are creating a convoluted...
  2. RicInOR

    No Quotes in News forum?

    SECTION GUIDELINES: Firearm-Related News What is the thinking here? Will this apply to all forums? Usually when I see a post/link I like to have a reason to leave the site and follow it. Thanks,
  3. CountryGent

    Favorite Preparedness Quotes?

    Over the years, I've collected various quotes on the topic of preparedness and survival. I thought I'd post said and, naturally, ask if others would like to share their favorites. I'll get us started ... General "Be prepared." — Boy Scout Motto "Recognizing the threat is one thing...
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