Tuesday, March 14, 2006

Quotation Fingers

You know the quotation fingers? Like when you are saying something in quotes, so you hold up your middle and pointer fingers and flex them up and down? Well, last week I decided that I would open the quote, but not finish. I did this by only contracting my fingers once instead of twice, which is the common thing to do. So in essence, until I decide to close the quotes, when I say something in quotes I only contract my pointer fingers, so that I am only using single quotation marks.

So basically, instead of saying: Brock Jacobson said, "The yelow pigments gave me herpes," I am motioning: Brock Jacobson said, 'The yelow pigments gave me herpes.' Because everything I say is in the big quotes. Quite revolutionary I think. I don't know when I will close the quotes. I originally intended it to be an experiment that only lasted a week, but this new found freedom of only using my pointer fingers to denote quotations is satisfying. We will just have to wait and see.

8 comments:

Anonymous said...

one may find it to be more accurate if you were to just use the index and middle finger of just your left hand. Thus, signifying that you are only opening the quote. For if you are using the only index method, you are still noting that you are using a quote within the quote that is you (your voice). just my thought on that biatch.

Michael Shea said...

i actually considered that very issue. but i decided that in my case, the first flex of all the fingers is opening the quote. in your case, you may be signifying one hand as the beginning and the other as the end. It really depends on the person. I suggest you talk it over with a counselor or close family member to decide which way is right for you.

Anonymous said...

Well good thing for me my father is a psychologist. I too had considered that point but did not fully agree b/c i feel that by using two hands you contain something in the spance of air between your hands. But hey potato/potatoe, here dan.

The Legend said...

The reason I know you made this story up is because we were in an English class toghether and you never got your quotations right anyways. It's okay, though, you keep making stuff up and I'll do the same.

Nicholas August said...

This is amazing. I tried to start this quotation phenomenon for myself, but I failed miserably. By the way, in case you are wondering who I am, I am Patrick's roommate from last year. Ya'll can check out my blog from a link on his site if you want.

Jon Owings said...

Which reminds me, "Don't smoke crack."

Michael Shea said...

wow, i never knew this quotation post would cause such a ruckus. And no, I am not on crack, but I do like banana bread, and i think i will go eat some now.

Michael Shea said...

just so everyone knows, i have closed the quote