Re: USEAGE: Unquote/End quote

Subject: Re: USEAGE: Unquote/End quote
From: Jay Jordan <jay -at- MAINELINK -dot- NET>
Date: Wed, 10 Jan 1996 15:41:15 -0500

On Tue, 9 Jan 1996, Tom T Kiersted/asf> wrote:

> Rex Stout's grammar maven/private eye Nero Wolfe had fits when people used
> "unquote" claiming that it was a corruption of the proper "end quote." Does
> anyone know if he was right or wrong? If not for today, for the turn of the
> century or some other time in English's contemporary history? "End quote" wins
> on my ear test, though I'm certain "unquote" wins by an overwhelming majority
> in my anecdotal experience of common usage.

The American Heritage Dictionary (1978 ed.) gives for "unquote":

v-tr. To close a quotation. -intr. To close a quotation. Used by
a speaker to termination of a quotation.

Unquote. Found nothing on "end quote" however.

JAY JORDAN jay -at- mainelink -dot- net
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