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26 February 2013 @ 11:21 am
Punctuation Question  
Does anyone know the proper format for quotations within quotations within dialogue? I have a character reading from a book, and there is dialogue in the book. For example:

"Oh no!" the rabbit said.

How would you quote that in a piece of dialogue. Would it be something like:

"'"Oh no," the rabbit said,"'" Lisa read.


"''Oh no,' the rabbit said,''" Lisa read.

Or something else?
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Human Collaborator Flunkie Pool!fic Musejoyfulfeather on February 26th, 2013 05:34 pm (UTC)
Interesting question! I'm curious to hear the answer - hopefully someone knows!

If I was writing it, I would probably leave off the internal quotation marks:

"'Oh no, the rabbit said,'" Lisa read.

I don't know if that follows the rules, but it looks cleaner and is still understandable.
Kat Reads Anything She Bloody Well Wants Tobookblather on February 26th, 2013 07:05 pm (UTC)
I think my last comment got marked as spam thanks to the link (curse you, librarian-citation instincts!), but it essentially said the second one is correct.
The Writer They Call Tay: SHERLOCK: Mrs Hudson hugglesawanderingbard on February 26th, 2013 08:42 pm (UTC)
It's okay, I have a copy in my inbox. Thank you!
aelfgyfu_mead: CDOaelfgyfu_mead on February 27th, 2013 01:38 am (UTC)
They're not showing up right on my screen, I think, because I"m seeing too many quotn marks everywhere. Inside double quotns, you have single. If you need to go any levels deeper, you alternate.

"'Oh no!' the rabbit said," Lisa read.
The Writer They Call Tay: SHERLOCK: Mrs Hudson hugglesawanderingbard on February 28th, 2013 02:19 am (UTC)
Thank you, Super Beta! I think I was over-complicating things.