It's no secret that many words in Russianlanguage taken from other peoples. Simply they can more accurately convey this or that meaning. But are we always using them? After all, to be sure, you need to know what this word means. Let us take, for example, what is a quotation, what is the definition of this word, and where did it come from? Let's find out.

In the explanatory dictionary you will find the following definition:

  • Quotation is an exact, verbatim extract from any text or statement.

This word comes from the Latin "citatum,citare, "which means leading, proclaiming. This is if you refer to the dictionary of foreign words. If, however, to turn to an explanatory dictionary under the editorship of DN Ushakov, we learn that it occurs from the Latin "cito", which means I call on witnesses. In Wikipedia, we learn that this is the Late Latin word "citatio" - the primary source. Agree, still the meaning is similar.

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

In which cases they are used

Usually famous personalities are quoted. Their words are repeated verbatim to refute or confirm this or that thought, thesis, action. It was always fashionable to quote great people, to repeat their statements on this or that occasion. For example: Emily Dickinson talked about love the following, quote: "Love is everything. And that's all we know about her. " Some writers began their works with the sayings of great people. Usually, quotes are tried to highlight in a different font and necessarily indicate the author of the lines.

In the texts of the quotation are taken in inverted commas and are made outas a direct speech or subordinate clause. As already mentioned, be sure to indicate the source of origin of the phrase or text, or the author. Otherwise, if you do not, you can get a punishment for plagiarism. Now you know what a quote is.

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