This is minor, but it happens enought that it’s starting to drive me crazy (he said, as if he weren’t crazy to begin with). I’m bugged by the misuse of quotes within quotes. It would be bad enough if I only see it around the 'Net every now and then, but I see it on this board all the time. In fact, I don’t think I’ve ever seen it done right on this board (that I remember, anyway).
The other day Beatrice said, “So Gertrude was all like “Whatever”, and I was all like “No way!”.”
The way this parses is:
I’m going to tell you what Beatrice said.
She said, “So Gertrude was all like.”
And then she said, “And I was all like.”
No way. No way in hell, pal.
And then she had her period.
Properly punctuated, the sentence should be:
The other day Beatrice said, “And then Gertrude said ‘I care not a whit’, and I responded ‘I find that hard to believe, my dear.’”
Note the use of apostrophes. And notice how much more grown up Beatrice and Gertrude come off.
And since this is the Pit, “Dumb-ass goat “fletching” bass’ hat mother 'farking” slum pucket " grunthole.