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scare quotes

pl.n.
Quotation marks used to emphasize a word or phrase or to indicate its special status, especially to express doubt about its validity or to criticize its use.

scare quotes

pl n
(Printing, Lithography & Bookbinding) quotation marks placed around a word or phrase to indicate that it should not be taken literally or automatically accepted as true
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puts "Arian" and "Arianism" in scare quotes throughout the book, and he is most successful in showing how Athanasius succeeded in bundling the varieties of theology to which he was opposed into the single overarching heresy known to later centuries.
As for inclusions, chapter 1 employed far too many scare quotes around terms and concepts.
I use scare quotes around natural because the weather is, as we know, intricately tied to man-made environmental changes--and also because to understand something as natural is to normalize it, indeed to naturalize it, and this event was, like countless crises facing us around the world, hardly comprehensible.
Gilbert Sorrentino spent fifty years telling us directly who he suspected he was and what he suspected he knew, about Brooklyn, poetry, social class, ambition, jazz, influence, form-versus-content, capitalism, and "realism" a word I'd need to place in scare quotes as a testament to Sorrentino's long passionate skepticism as to its value it I didn't suspect it myself.
However, such an alignment with primitivism may serve as a double-edged sword, given the muddy waters that the term has been mired in, in the West, so much so that it is always presented with scare quotes.
Christian 'communism' (I use scare quotes since it is not really communism as we know it) is essentially and fundamentally different.
Even more interesting than the scare quotes around "property rights" (imagine replacing the word "property" with "civil") was that the Times--normally the benchmark upon which other newspapers measure and model themselves--was almost completely alone in its judgment.
The effect of scare quotes is to turn an expression meaning "X" into an expression meaning "so-called 'X'.
I use the scare quotes to emphasize, pace Foucault and Derrida, the impossibilities and potentialities of the moment(s) of meaning at the site of reading.
The scare quotes, alas, are necessary, for much of what is meant to have the effect of education winds up being decidedly uneducational, or educational in the wrong way.
In this extract, Stove explains that the whole appearance of credibility of the Popperian position depended on little more than devious uses of scare quotes, which were used to "sabotage logical expressions.