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How Do You Like Your Quotes? Straight or Curly?

Welcome to Do You Copy, a new semi-regular column on copyediting (copy editing? copy-editing?) that investigates some of the editorial life’s deepest mysteries. When is an en dash a better hyphen than a hyphen? Why are there so many stylebooks? Should we give a dang about the interrobang!? Learn the answers to these questions and more, and prepare for punctuation pedantry.

Once upon a time, in order to put words on a page quickly and avoid having to write them out by hand, people used a machine that will . It also bestowed upon the digital generation one of its most divisive typographical tools: the straight quote.

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