When did the *asterisk* replace "inverted commas" for reporting speech ?
Gets right up my nose......
Don't think it has. More common usage of asterisks is for *emphasis*. In outlook, auto-correct boldens text between.
I "hadn't noticed" that it had. The only time I've seen the *asterisk* being used is for example in FaceBook and AWeb when you can't italicise.
The only time I see it is in a spreadsheet or script when multiplying.
Come to France we have << text>> for our speech marks
The French are crazy.
Having said that, we had a player come over from France last year. At a post match meal in Batley, I remarked to a colleague "Sithee at Max, getting stuck in to tcuisine anglaise".
Max turned to us and said "I love zeeze; we do not 'ave zem in France".
What was he eating ? Mushy peys.
Every palate can be educated.
Lion - you want to get out more.
Aye - with Tom, perhaps.
I've never noticed this but it would certainly annoy me if I did.
On the subject of punctuation , my son asked me the other day why nobody ever abbreviates "there it is" to "there it's". Apart from sounding wrong, which could just be due to being unfamiliar with hearing it, the only reason I could think of was that in "there it is" the emphasis is on the "is", but when abbreviated the emphasis by default would be on the "it". Is there some actual rule of grammar which forbids it? Or some other reason it's not done?
"it's" is possessive, so it wouldn't be correct to use it in place of"it is".
Those chickens are addling your brains.https://www.lexico.com/en/grammar/its-or-it-s
Well spotted! I wondered if anyone would notice
Its is the possessive, like his and hers.
I'm not sure if there is a rule of grammar which forbids it, except the general one that says that if a particular sentence construction sound wrong then don't use it.
"There it's" sounds clumsy whereas "It's there" does not.
Emphasis my Rs.
The use of "*" for emphasis is quite widely spread in various ways.https://www.livinginternet.com/i/ia_text_emph.htm
Use of asterisks for emphasis was formalised in the specification of Markdown (https://daringfireball.net/projects/markdown/) in 2004; even then it was just reflecting what had arisen as common usage on e-mails and electronic news groups, back when we couldn’t use formatted text. (Remember smilies before emojis became a thing?)