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Punctuating quotes

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by Clever username, Mar 2, 2007.

  1. Clever username

    Clever username Active Member

    My quick question is about when people are quoting a thought:

    For example: "I think we thought, Oh yeah, this is going to be a walk in the park."

    That's how I have it, with no single quotes but a capital 'O'

    What's the proper way to do it (AP style-wise)?
  2. shockey

    shockey Active Member

    the only way i know it is there should be a single quote mark before 'Okay....(and then another after) park.'"

    reason: because the thought is like a quote within the quote.
  3. imjustagirl2

    imjustagirl2 New Member

    shockey's right.
  4. shockey

    shockey Active Member

    aren't i most of the time, ijag? ;D ;D ;D
  5. Clever username

    Clever username Active Member

    Works for me. Thanks guys.
  6. imjustagirl2

    imjustagirl2 New Member

    If by most of the time you mean not so much, then yes, shockey. :D
  7. shockey

    shockey Active Member

    ouch. not even a crumb. that hurts, sister friend. :-[ :(
  8. sartrean

    sartrean Member

    You can always paraphrase when in doubt, i.e.

    Joey Fastballs and the Batswingers thought Friday's game would be a walk in the park.
    But the Podunk Popflies had other plans, and won their first game of the season over the Batswingers.....
  9. txsportsscribe

    txsportsscribe Active Member

    missing a space between that single and double quote?
  10. Johnny Dangerously

    Johnny Dangerously Well-Known Member

    Our desk would change that to say Joey Fastballs and the Batswingers said they thought ...

    "You don't know what they thought," would be the explanation. "You only know what they said they thought."

    I would be curious to know how many other copy editors take the same approach and don't make exceptions even for obvious examples like this one, where it's almost impossible to convince me the team would "lie" about thinking they would have a cakewalk.
  11. imjustagirl2

    imjustagirl2 New Member

    That's been beat into my head, J_D. Sorry.
  12. spnited

    spnited Active Member

    And whoever beat that into your head was correct.
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