"Cheese-eating surrender monkeys" is an insult used to refer to French people. It first appeared in the Simpsons (1995) when Willy says "Bonjoooouuurrr, ya cheese-eatin' surrender monkeys" to a French class. The term has since entered two Oxford Quotation Dictionaries. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Che…
The bulk of quotations in the Oxford English Dictionary were contributed by a murderer who severed his own penis, using a knife he had employed in his work on the dictionary. mentalfloss.com/article/5…
American History X director Tony Kaye was so dissatisfied with the final cut of the film he spent $100,000 of his own money to take out 35 full-page ads in the Hollywood trade press denouncing Norton and the producer, using quotations from a variety of people from John Lennon to Abraham Lincoln. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ton…
The Oxford English Dictionary wouldn't have been what it is today if not for an insane American Civil War surgeon who cut his penis off. He contributed thousands of quotations and word entries by writing from an asylum. hindustantimes.com/hollyw…
When writing an SAT essay, you can make up 'facts' and misattribute quotations; the graders can't mark off for incorrect facts. slate.com/articles/life/e…
Today I learned of β€œwhat does it do?” β€œThat’s the beauty of it, it doesn’t *do* anything,” a widely-recognized pop culture quotation for which no one can find the source theverge.com/2017/3/21/14…
Freud repeatedly stated that he had never read Nietzsche. But evidence contradicting this are in his references to Nietzsche, his quotations and paraphrases of him, in casual conversation and his now published personal correspondence, as well as in his early and later writings cambridge.org/core/journa…
There is a guy who made an entire electric toaster from raw materials - mining and refining steel, nickel, copper, mica, and making plastic - after being inspired by a Hitchhiker's Guide quotation. ted.com/talks/thomas_thwa…
Today I Learned that theatre people consider Shakespeare's tragedy Macbeth to be cursed, and its name and quotations are forbidden backstage. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mac…
[sic] in square brackets is an editing term used with quotations or excerpts. It means β€œthat’s really how it appears in the original.” It is used to point out a grammatical error, misspelling, or misstatement of fact. dailywritingtips.com/what…
Reuters rarely uses the word "Terrorist" in their reports. Even if they do, the word "terrorist" is placed in quotes, whether quotations or scare quotes. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reu…
The culture of the People's Republic of China before 1978 was highly influenced by the personality cult of Mao Zedong. Most people were required to recite the Quotations of Chairman Mao and printed material at that time usually quoted Mao's words in bold as well as in the preface en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lis…
The Homer Simpson quote, "Kids, you tried your best and you failed miserably. The lesson is never try" was added to The Oxford Dictionary of Quotations in August 2007. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bur…
Quotations from Chairman Mao Tse-tung in 117 countries and territories around the world by 1967. Some sources claim that over 6.5 billion printed volumes have been distributed. It was an essentially unofficial requirement for every Chinese citizen to own, read, and carry it at all times en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quo…
When placing quotes inside a quote or speech, British use single quotation before double quotation; Americans use double quotation before single quotation. scribendi.com/advice/when…
Quotation marks were originally used for emphasis en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quo…
When a quote extends across multiple paragraphs you use multiple opening quotation marks for each paragraph but only one closing quotation mark at the end baxtercommunications.nl/q…
Because German quotation marks look like β€žthisβ€œ, Germans put one hand up and one hand down when making air quotes wisegeek.com/what-are-air…
Cormac McCarthy (author of No Country for Old Men, All the Pretty Horses, The Road) never uses quotation marks because, "You shouldn't block the page up with weird little marks. If you write properly, you shouldn't have to punctuate." flakmag.com/books/cormaco…
The phrase "Cheese-eating surrender monkeys" was coined in 1995 by Ken Keeler, a writer for the television series The Simpsons. The term has entered two Oxford quotation dictionaries. The term was also used by National Review journalist Jonah Goldberg during the early phases of the Iraq War. youtube.com/watch?v=FUjGf…
On the iconic poster for the 1991 film "The Silence of the Lambs", the skull on the back of the moth is in fact composed of the naked bodies of six women, alluding to Buffalo Bill's victims. It's a quotation of the work "In Voluptas Mors" by Philippe Halsman and Salvador DalΓ­ en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
The quotation preceeding the text of T. S. Eliot's The Waste Land is from a Roman novel entitled the Satyricon; it reads: I once saw the Sibyl of Cumae in person. She was hanging in a bottle, and when the boys asked her, "Sibyl, what do you want?" she said, "I want to die." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sat…
The difference between double and single quotation marks for dialogue is the separate conventions of America and Britain. scribophile.com/academy/c…
Modern Quotation Marks, as we know them, have only been around for roughly 400-500 years, making them the "youngest" punctuation marks in the English language. aphelis.net/origin-develo…
Attributing a quotation about rum, sodomy and the lash to Winston Churchill is nothing but an old British naval tradition. thisdayinquotes.com/2010/…
There was an app titled "I am rich" that cost $999.99 and had no functionality other than stating the above quotations. 8 people purchased it. en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/I…
Today I learned of William Chester Minor, who cut off his own penis using the knife he used to compile quotations for the Oxford English Dictionary while he was locked up in a lunatic asylum, using books brought to him by the widow of the man he killed to get locked up in the first place en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wil…
Though often attributed to Thomas Jefferson, the quotation "If a law is unjust, a man is not only right to disobey it, he is obligated to do so" has not been found in his papers monticello.org/site/jeffe…
The DNA of the first synthetic life form contains the web address for the cell and three quotations! en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cra…
The US style rule of always putting commas and periods inside quotation marks was instituted only for aesthetic rather than grammatical reasons slate.com/articles/life/t…
The first documented use of toilet paper in history dates back to the 6th century AD, in early medieval China. Scholar-official Yan Zhitui (531–591) wrote: "Paper on which there are quotations or commentaries from the Five Classics or the names of sages, I dare not use for toilet purposes." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Toi…
Quotation marks can also be called inverted commas. dictionary.reference.com/…
The quotation that concludes Danny's paper in American History X was the closing words of Abraham Lincoln's first Inaugural Address in 1861. imdb.com/title/tt0120586/…
The title of Ursula LeGuin's "The Lathe of Heaven" was a mistranslation of an ancient Chinese quotation; they didn't have lathes in China at the time it was said en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
There is actually a Christian Minister who fabricated quotations from the founding fathers to make it appear that they intended for America to be a Christian nation. (There are many sources, this one is the most concise IMO) michiganatheists.org/quot…
Steve Job's 2005 Stanford commencement quotation "Stay hungry. Stay foolish." is a reference to the motto on the back cover of The Whole Earth Catalog. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Who…
From 1964 to 1976 1,055,498,000 copies of Quotations from Chairman Mao Tse-Tung (The Little Red Book) were printed. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quo…
This quotation from the 14th century ... I guess economic leaders haven't read it yet.

When civilization [population] increases, the available labor again increases. In turn, luxury again increases in correspondence with the increasing profit, and the customs and needs of luxury increase. Crafts are created to obtain luxury products. The value realized from them increases, and, as a result, profits are again multiplied in the town. Production there is thriving even more than before. And so it goes with the second and third increase. All the additional labor serves luxury and wealth, in contrast to the original labor that served the necessity of life.

source: Muqaddimah 2:272-73 quoted in Weiss (1995) p 30

There are two widespread styles of punctuation with regard to quotation marks

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quotation_mark#Punctuation

This used to confuse the hell out of me, and made me question if I had done it the wrong way all the time. The American style makes no sense to me.

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