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Old 07 September 2008, 07:40 AM
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Reading This is war, use your quotation marks!

I found this interesting storylinked from the Blog of Unnecessary Quotation Marks.

During WWII, the Nazis in Copenhagen forced the newspaper to print their propaganda. Members of the underground placed it all within quotation marks. Danes read it and thought, “Aha! I certainly won’t believe that!” Germans read it and thought, “Wonderful! They’re emphasizing our story!”
In context, the historical accuracy of the story isn't the point here but what's the verdict anyway? Seems a bit implausible but this is certainly not my area of expertise.

ETA: Gah! 14 tries to get it posted and copy/paste somehow lost most of the quote.
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