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in inverted commas

  (British & Australian)
something that you say when a phrase you are using to describe something is the phrase that people usually use but it does not really show the truth
Usage notes: Inverted commas are a pair of printed marks put at the beginning and end of a word or phrase to show that someone else has written or said it.
They were the kind of well-meaning people that wanted to 'do good' in inverted commas.
See also: comma

comma-counter

n. a pedantic person; a pedantic copy editor. When you need a proofreader, you need a comma-counter.
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In Mo-Tires, the issue was whether a semi-colon (or a period in the French version) at the end of the paragraph created two separate independent clauses, or whether the semi-colon merely constituted a pause in a single clause The placement of a single comma may seem like boring, picayune stuff, but you never know when ignoring the precise punctuation details will make a huge difference in legal outcomes.
Jane Austen used the comma in this way when noting in a letter: "I have found your white mittens, they were folded up within my clean nightcap.
In 2006, a Canadian commission ruled against cable giant Rogers Communications based on its interpretation of a superfluous comma in their contract with the telephone company Bell Aliant.
When I asked a number of college teachers, not ESL or writing teachers, to comment on the grammaticality of the sentences in 7 and 8, none mentioned a need for a comma before the coordinator.
David Wheatley, Managing Director of Dot Comma, said: “Over the past year, our business has been growing rapidly.
Although some authors put emphasis on syntax and others on pauses and/or voice modulation, in general terms, they agree on the repertory of marks included in their accounts--the comma, the colon, the full stop, the note of admiration and the note of interrogation; the semicolon and the parenthesis being omitted in some of them--and those who deal with other characters distinguish this set as primary points or points related to the sentence.
Another punctuation rule baffled consultants: using a comma before FANBOYS (the acronym for the coordinate conjunctions, for, and, nor, but, or, yet, and so) joining two independent clauses.
People need to be sensible when working on their cars," said Comma spokesman Mike Bewsey.
Copy editors and others who are persnickety about the English language probably know the witty American usage guide ''Lapsing Into a Comma.
I've been here long enough to know that over a comma in a sentence a deal can fall apart," he said.
A comma (",") is used to separate values in a record; quotes ('""') are used to surround text values.
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Pyrgus is reluctantly dealing with becoming the Purple Emperor after his father's death, but the evil Hairstreak has revived him to a zombie puppet-like existence, and stepbrother Comma is to become emperor instead.
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