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It's not a 'quote' it's a QUOTATION

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LRDtheFeministDragon Thu 13-Sep-12 17:14:24

Am I allowed a little gentle rant in here? I don't know why this one gets on my nerves so much, but it does. The verb is 'to quote'. The noun is 'quotation'. I will accept 'quote' in the context of 'getting a quote from the builder' as it's become such common parlance but it sets my teeth on edge when people about 'a literary quote'.


<and breathe>

Katisha Thu 13-Sep-12 17:15:35

What's even worse is "invite" instead of "invitation"...

LRDtheFeministDragon Thu 13-Sep-12 17:17:07

That doesn't annoy me quite so much, but I can see why it should.

Katisha Thu 13-Sep-12 17:21:00

"We're sending out the invites". Grrrrr

OliviaLMumsnet (MNHQ) Thu 20-Sep-12 15:59:37


What's even worse is "invite" instead of "invitation"...

Quote/quotation does not worry me in the slightest but angry invite really really really irks.
<and breathe>

edam Sat 22-Sep-12 17:17:34

I see your point. Oddly, I am a paid up pedant (and paid for being one in my day job) but this doesn't really bother me at all. Maybe because I'm a journalist and so talk about quotes all day long.

Eglantyne Sat 22-Sep-12 17:20:10

Oooh, I didn't know we had a Pedants' Corner. I'll be back!

MirandaGoshawk Sat 22-Sep-12 22:54:45

Ha ha at Eg. Life has just got better, eh?

Quote doesn't bother me either, although I will usually put 'quotation' at the beginning of a document & then say 'quote' afterwards.

What about speech marks or quotation marks, as in being called "quote marks". Is that the work of the Devil as well? I do that

edam Sat 22-Sep-12 23:57:06

I do it too Miranda but it's just a work thing, I suppose.

Nanny0gg Mon 24-Sep-12 23:48:14

I'm with the OP.

Eglantyne Thu 27-Sep-12 09:05:13

A contribution to Pedants' corner, far far away from the OP...Should HAVE ! Not 'of'. Grrrr

Eglantyne Thu 27-Sep-12 09:06:27

Sorry, not LRD op, a different one, on a different thread entirely!

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