I believe there is a clear difference between my question and the question marked as a duplicate. I have edited the post to emphasize how it is different, now I'm posting here to see if someone can review it again.

My question: Where did the practice of using quotation marks to discredit an opponent ("scare-quotes") come from?

META: I generally don't trust people who complain on Meta Stack Exchange sites about stuff like this, but I believe my case is pretty strong here. It might be that I didn't communicate clearly enough, but I'm positive that the question that I'm trying to ask is not the same.

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    I agree with you (and I appreciate your meta-commentary). I have voted to re-open.
    – Dan Bron
    Feb 4, 2015 at 23:04
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    I also appreciate your meta post. I can't retract my close vote, but I've voted to reopen as well. Sorry about that. Feb 5, 2015 at 4:09
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    Thanks everyone, and note I don't take downvotes or close votes personally. :) Feb 5, 2015 at 4:47
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    Bravo for editing the question to highlight the difference; that's a very constructive way to handle this situation.
    – J.R.
    Feb 7, 2015 at 13:40


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