What is a quote?

Tamara Sidorova
Tamara Sidorova
March 18, 2013
What is a quote?

It is not a secret for anyone that many words in Russian are taken from other nations. Simply, they can more accurately convey one or another meaning. But do we always use them? After all, to be sure, you need to know what this word means. Take, for example, what a quote is, what is the definition of this word and where did it come from? Let's find out.

In the dictionary you will find the following definition:

  • The quote is an exact, literal excerpt from any text or statement.

This word comes from the Latin "citatum, citare", which means lead, proclaim. This is if you refer to the dictionary of foreign words. If, however, refer to the explanatory dictionary edited by Ushakov D.N., then we will find out what is happening from the Latin “cito”, which means I call for witnesses. In Wikipedia, we learn that this late-Latin word "citatio" is the original source. Agree, all the same, the meaning is similar.

It appeared in the Russian language in the twenties of the 19th century. In dictionaries this word began to appear from 1861.

In what cases they are used

Usually cited famous person.Their words are repeated verbatim to refute or confirm a particular thought, thesis, action. It has always been fashionable to quote great people, to repeat their statements on one or another occasion. For example: Emily Dickinson said the following about love: “Love is everything. And that's all we know about her. ” Some writers began their works with the statements of great people. Typically, quotes are trying to highlight a different font and be sure to indicate the author of the lines.

In texts, quotations are taken in quotation marks and are written as direct speech or a subordinate clause. As already mentioned, you should definitely indicate the source, where the phrase or text is taken from, or the author. Otherwise, if this is not done, you can get punished for plagiarism. Now you know what a quote is.

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