Forthright (forthright) wrote,
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Blogger 'confused'

Can anyone explain to me why the BBC website insists on using quotation marks in article titles to 'quote' the text that follows? Usually the quote isn't even a direct one - it's just one or two words randomly put inside quotation marks for no apparent reason. For instance, an article entitled Australia's Howard 'loses seat' doesn't contain those two words in order, and an article entitled Iran rejects EU 'disappointment' contains the word 'disappointing' but not the noun. What information is conveyed, or what purpose is served, by putting those words inside quotation marks? I just don't get it.
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