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air quotes

pl.n.
Gestures in which the index and middle finger of each hand are held up and curled at the same time, in imitation of quotation marks, used to indicate that something being said was actually said by someone else, is viewed with skepticism, or is a popular turn of phrase. Also called finger quotes.
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If the district meant to include air quotes around the word "retire," those got lost along the way.
What we're seeing are people who have an association with the program, by people it could be anybody from a professor, a campus adviser, a registrar, a teaching assistant, who has a relationship with the athletic department or a particular sports program and they use that relationship in an effort to -- and I'm using air quotes here -- to help a student-athlete engage in misconduct,'' she said.
It's nice to hear, but it would be better if we could actually see these 'measures for women's empowerment'," she said, mockingly using air quotes while shopping at a busy Delhi flea market.
She also states, "You used air quotes when you talked about the moon landing", "You insist on calling the president Barack Hussein Obama" and "You used the phrase 'Jay Leno said the funniest thing.
In case you didn't get the memo and were baffled by the sarcasm implied in my hilarious air quotes, there has been a semantic shift in the modern usage of the word exclusive.