If you look at everything tagged , it's a mix of questions about the punctuation mark and questions about famous sayings.

It might be useful to tidy this up and split them out. What about:

for the famous sayings: [quotes-sayings] or [sayings] or [aphorisms]

for the punctuation: [quotation-marks] or [quote-marks] or [quotes-punctuation]

  • I see the problem, and I am trying to think of a good distinction that would be unambiguous (should one exist).
    – Kosmonaut
    Jan 7, 2011 at 22:47
  • This is an excellent question! But when we do find the perfect unambiguous way to distinguish these tags, what tag would we give to a question like: I am quoting a remark from Quine in which both styles of quotation marks “”, ‘’ are already used. How should I punctuate this within my main text? :-P
    – PLL
    Jan 18, 2011 at 2:50
  • @PLL: Both tags? (quotation-marks tag first)
    – Stephen
    Nov 7, 2011 at 18:08

2 Answers 2


Taking suggestions from the question: [quotations] vs. [quotation-marks]?

On the one hand, each individually suggests the right thing pretty unambiguously — “ ” often get called quotes, but I’ve never heard them called quotations. On the other hand, since they start (and mostly continue) the same way, whenever you start typing either one, both will come up on autocomplete; and then, with them side by side, the distinction should be clear even for less experienced speakers of English?

On the flip side, this similarity has the drawback that a slip of the keyboard could easily lead to mis-tagging. But I imagine that’d be a much less common source of error than misunderstanding the terminology — and also, if the terminology is clear, then accidental mis-tags will be noticeable to readers, so will quickly get corrected.

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    I'd add [quote-marks] and [quotes] as synonyms.
    – Marthaª
    Jan 19, 2011 at 23:50
  • I like this too, and have proposed tag wiki pages for [quotations] and [quotes] accordingly. ([quotation-marks] doesn't exist yet, so I couldn't propose anything for it.) One thing, though: what about questions regarding block quotations with no quotation marks?
    – SamB
    May 17, 2011 at 16:39

Perhaps "quotes" versus "quotations"?

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    But which is which?
    – Kosmonaut
    Jan 7, 2011 at 22:44
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    @Kosmonaut - same thought occurs to me. Actually makes the situation a little bit worse if there are two tags and each tag has a mix of both types of question.
    – hawbsl
    Jan 8, 2011 at 15:00
  • I think the main problem with this is that [quotes] is completely ambiguous, regardless of what it’s paired with: it just describes both categories too well.
    – PLL
    Jan 18, 2011 at 3:20

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