Quotes out of context is worse than misquoting

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"Next to getting the actual words right, the most important thing is to keep quotes in context.  Failure usually arise from careless compression that makes a statement appear more empathetic than it is" (Cappon 72).


I found this to be a very important tip to remember.  Being misquoted would be annoying, however it would be more annoying to have the quote taken out of context.  It is important to be aware of how, as a writer, you are portraying someone and it is important to provide a truthful portrayal.  Also, it is important to be aware of jokes.  If a writer included a joke somebody made as a serious statement, it will cause some confusion and could offend people.  At least if someone is misquoted, that is not what they said.  But if someone's quote is taken out of context, they did say it, but were misunderstood.


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