If I “Quote” It, I Don’t Have to “Believe” It03.03.09
This has been really annoying the hell out of me lately. It’s nothing new but it has been getting way more acceptable in everyday conversation and writing that people aren’t even questioning it anymore.
Just because you put quotes around a word doesn’t invalidate its meaning simply because you don’t want to acknowledge it.
Gay is a word. It doesn’t require quotes. If you refer to gay marriage: no quotes. Or gay couples. No quotes. On the same token, marriage shouldn’t be quoted either.
People love throwing quotes around incorrectly. And it’s not just in print anymore. It’s during conversation, too. This happened to me the other day while having a conversation with someone about psychiatry and when he came to that one word he regretfully had to say, he rolled his eyes and threw up his hands and gave me those air quotes when he said it.
Sorry, but psychiatry is a real scientific field of study. Same with psychology (he used quotes around that one, too). I have no problem if someone doesn’t personally agree with going to a psychiatrist (and lucky for them to not have any serious health issues that would require visiting such a doctor), but just because you have a differing opinion on science doesn’t automatically refute its legitimacy.
People seem to be using quotes to further sink themselves into a world of their own creation. One that completely conforms to their own paranoia, prejudices, and personal views. One that casts out any dissenting information, or at the very least, marginalizes the facts as being the fringe ideas.
Lose the incorrect quotes. Look up the AP style book on Google. Read up on the use of quotation marks. I hate to break the news, but these things you don’t believe in still exist with or without quotes.