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 +====== Quotation ======
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 +A quotation ""​. Two inverted commas are generally placed at the beginning of a phrase or a passage, which is quoted or transcribed from the speaker or author in his own words; and two commas, in their direct position, are placed at the conclusion; as, \\
 +<wrap indent>"​The proper study of mankind is man." — //​Murray//​.</​wrap> ​
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 +Murray'​s "​direct"​ commas are //​superior//​ commas, and consequently what are technically called apostrophes. ​
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 +We derive the use of inverted commas from France, where one Guillemet was the author of them, to exclude the use of Italick from quotations: as an acknowledgement for which improvement,​ his countrymen called these inverted commas after his name, //​Guillemets//;​ whereas the Germans made a jest of their figure, and gave them the name of //​Gaenseaugen//,​ or Geese-eyes. //See// [[a:​apostrophe|Apostrophe]]. ​
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