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air quotes

A hand gesture done when speaking to draw attention to a particular statement or indicate that it was someone else's words or that one is skeptical or critical of its use (similar to scare quotes in print media). Air quotes are made by curling the index and middle fingers of both hands at the same time in order to mimic the shape of quotation marks. In explaining the dress code to her fellow students, Elise did air quotes when saying that kilts should be "four inches above the knee." Given that her own kilt was considerably shorter than that, no one was surprised.
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And if they absolutely had to use any of the words, Sudakow demanded that they make air quotes with their fingers.
After completing her MFA at New York University in 1997, Barnes started a "company" (her air quotes), which basically meant "making solos for anyone who would watch." Her goal was to sustain herself financially entirely through dance, which she managed to do after only two years, with "a combo of the most ridiculous work you could imagine." If she got a teaching gig in Virginia, she'd call schools in a 300-mile radius to offer master classes and performances.
As she bent increasingly forward to make out her handwriting, we lost her form completely, except when the air quotes fluttered above the podium.
If the district meant to include air quotes around the word "retire," those got lost along the way.
''What we're seeing are people who have an association with the program, by people it could be anybody from a professor, a campus adviser, a registrar, a teaching assistant, who has a relationship with the athletic department or a particular sports program and they use that relationship in an effort to -- and I'm using air quotes here -- to help a student-athlete engage in misconduct,'' she said.
"It's nice to hear, but it would be better if we could actually see these 'measures for women's empowerment'," she said, mockingly using air quotes while shopping at a busy Delhi flea market.
"Even though it hasn't been properly stored in a 'refrigerator' (which I emphasize using air quotes with my fingers), it's sealed.
She also states, "You used air quotes when you talked about the moon landing", "You insist on calling the president Barack Hussein Obama" and "You used the phrase 'Jay Leno said the funniest thing...'"
Bartlett shows us a postmodernism that is exhaling, possibly mutating into something else: a post-post-modernism, a so called metamodernism, in which words like faith and action no longer require "air quotes" of ironic detachment and once again mean something and lead somewhere concrete.
In case you didn't get the memo and were baffled by the sarcasm implied in my hilarious air quotes, there has been a semantic shift in the modern usage of the word exclusive.
Dafoe, Sevigny and Kier seem to be competing to see who can give the most arch, knowingly fiat perf, putting invisible air quotes around their renditions of "normal" suburbanites.
"I got onto it to snoop on a coworker because I was intrigued by his 'lifestyle,'" he says, making air quotes with his fingers.
It does not matter that they were said with air quotes.
Leading the hounds is Grant Shapps, whose name is impossible to say without sarcastic air quotes. Former party co-chairman "Grant Shapps" has today been touring the broadcast studios more in sorrow than in anger, explaining he has a list of 30 names.
Dec 21-Jan 20 CAPRICORN YOU'VE developed a habit of doing those air quotes whenever you hear the phrase "the 'Foreign Secretary' Boris Johnson." Don't worry, we're all doing it - it's perfectly normal.