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Partial Quote

I have a strange habit, I've only recently noticed, of guessing the context of partial quotations. Put another way, if I read an article which quotes somebody, and the author integrates part of that quotation into their sentence, I try to figure out what the original sentence might've said.

An example (in fact, the one that prompted this discovery) is the following sentence:
[A game developer is] prepared to be held up to “internet ridicule if that’s not the case”
My initial guess was that the developer actually said "I'm prepared to be held up to internet ridicule if that’s not the case," but, if so, why wouldn't the author have quoted all possible words? I try to imagine that the author quoted as much of the original as possible given the sentence structure he'd decided on. So then I imagined the interview, and the developer saying "Commence the internet ridicule if that's not the case!" That fits, and it makes the words quoted the only words that could've been quoted given that sentence structure.

It's a weird little game. Does anyone else do this, or is my diversion unusual?

(For your potential curiosity's sake, the article I was reading was about Overlord: Dark Legend, an upcoming title for the Wii, about which I'm cautiously optimistic.)


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Jan. 30th, 2009 07:50 pm (UTC)
If a person is being quoted by the author, I can't assume that person was speaking in complete sentences, much less ones that would fit the author's purposes. I know that when I have to quote someone, I quote only what's necessary and paraphrase their more lofty passages to maintain focus. Of course, this is all past tense. I haven't worried about this stuff since I was a junior in college.

While Overlord: Dark Legend might be fun, you do realize that Overlord is already available on the 360 for less money and probably looks a helluva lot better. Is there any benefit in playing the Wii version, or are you more curious with how developers can push the Wii?

Jan. 30th, 2009 08:02 pm (UTC)
Re: Nope
This is not a port or a remake of the original. This is a new game altogether.
Jan. 31st, 2009 12:00 am (UTC)
Re: Nope
Right. But from what I can tell, it's looking like the kind of sequel that won't stray too far from its predecessor.
Jan. 30th, 2009 08:00 pm (UTC)
I inherently distrust most quotations.
Jan. 30th, 2009 08:03 pm (UTC)
How is your distrust of quotations any different than distrust of everything you read, period?
Jan. 30th, 2009 08:05 pm (UTC)
I tend to at least somewhat distrust sources that I'm unfamiliar with.
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