Help me ID this sci-fi short story?

I read this story in middle school, circa 1986, but it may not have been current then. I think it was in some kind of science fiction collection, but whether it was an anthology or a magazine or something else I have no idea.

The story was set way in the future, like several thousand years from now. 5,000 or 10,000 might be right. The idea was that humanity had changed so much that it was barely recognizable to us primitive types. I remember it used the stylistic device of replacing quotation marks with plus signs, so that a line might look like this:

+What is your name,+ she said.

I also remember that everyone had very, very specific occupations. Two people were meeting each other and one said he/she was some super-specialized profession, like a “vulpine aortic surgeon” or something, and the other one said, +Oh, I’ve never met one of those before.+

That’s about all I remember, sadly. I may have encountered it at the same time as R. A. Lafferty’s “Slow Tuesday Night,” but I looked in the only anthology I couldd find that contained that one and didn’t see the story I’m looking for.

Any help?

P.S. This is my first time checking in in a couple years. Nice to see things are still trucking along!

Might you be thinking of “Day Million” by Fred Pohl - it takes place in the far future, was in an anthology with Slow Tuesday Night. Other aspects don’t fit so well, though. Here’s the story anyway

The bit about + signs indicating quotation does ring a bell. I’ll keep thinking about it.

P.S. Here’s a list of the places “Slow Tuesday Night” has appeared

There was some Piers Anthony work where different punctuation marks replaced quotation marks. But I believe it was a novel not a short story (Anthony writes very few short stories).

Thanks** Andy_L**, but “Day Million” wasn’t it. I’ll poke around that list you linked to.

Little Nemo, I don’t think it was Piers Anthony. I was already reading him at that time, and I think I would have remembered.