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quote unquote | quote ... unquote

This page is about the conversational phrase quote unquote | quote ... unquote

Meaning

You can say this when quoting somebody, or when using a word or phrase ironically.

For example

  • "My parents take us skiing in Switzerland because it's quote unquote 'the done thing', but it's always so boring."

  • "Our boss said she was quote 'the best man for the job' unquote, and everybody laughed."

Quick Quiz

You can say "quote unquote" if you're

a. quoting someone

b. going to be quoted

c. hoping to be quoted

Contributor: Matt Errey