Friday, July 13, 2012

Quotation Notation

Quotation Notation


I think that we should invent a quotation notation for paraphrases.   "When you use quotation marks like these," it signals a verbatim retelling.   So if you just want to paraphrase someone, you could use a different punctuation mark. Something that has open / close asymmetry would have an advantage. Here are my top candidates. What's the consensus?

\Going to bed and waking up early is good for you./ -- Benjamin Franklin


 <I wonder if I should kill myself?> -- Hamlet

 /This country was founded on some high-minded principles 87 years ago\ -- Abraham Lincoln

 ~Lights! Camera! Action!~  -- God (This punctuation mark is symmetric but just looks cool).