This is an issue that I have encountered myself.
great post and good to see it online. I have a google alert set up for
all posts worldwide on scare quotes topic, pro and con. I am doing
research on the name of the term, any ideas? who coined it, when and
where and why? My sources say 1920s, even 1880s in UK. First ref
online so far in 1946 book by Carey McWilliams, according to Stan
Carey in Ireland who found the ref. My beef is this: scare quotes is
an illcoined malcoined term that has no meaning today, BUT is so
embedded now in the culture that there is now an epidemic of scare
quotes and it threatens to get worse. So your post is good. We need to
stop using the Term so much and we need to stop using the TOOL itself
so much, I say DOWN with scare quotes and if anything, let’s give the
tool a new name that makes sense. Scare quotes just does not make
sense in 2012. It was a PHd academic tool but now the entire culture
uses it like HELLO!. yuck. with me on this? your POV. google “dan
bloom + scare quotes” to see my research so far or see my 200 blog
posts at ”plogspot101″ in the blogpost arena. PS I am in Taiwan,
reporter, editor, writer, blogger, retired
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