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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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In the story that gives the collection its title, racial categories are consistently enclosed in scare quotes, perhaps to point out their absurdity, their inaccuracy: "It's the year of 'the human being.
The scare quotes are indeed "complicated" insofar as all of the studies in the book in some way argue that twenty-first century Yiddishism, New Yiddishism, or however one wishes to understand it militates against the very idea of monolinguistic cultural assimilation.
It does concern me that an ASA Fellow uses scare quotes in the phrase "the 'proven facts' of Darwinian evolution.
In the old days, when print media reigned supreme, newspapers occasionally used scare quotes in a similar way to sell papers.
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.
And nowhere does the editorial refer to Mariano as "leftist" or "biased"-which begs the question: Where did those scare quotes come from?
And we hesitate to use the word "primitive"--even with scare quotes.
As for inclusions, chapter 1 employed far too many scare quotes around terms and concepts.
Its investigation of the central role accorded to the visual in the "Judaism"-Christianity polarity at the heart of definitions of Christianity more than justifies the scare quotes around "Judiasm.
In calling for negotiations based on the 1967 borders with "swaps"the scare quotes are hisObama, Hizzoner argues, "should have demanded simultaneously that Hamas renounce terrorism before negotiations begin, and that Hamas amend its charter.
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.