PG has been seeing the word “quotation” used in places he would expect to see, “quote” lately.
As in, “Here’s a quotation from President Trump.”
He understands that English is a constantly growing and evolving language, but this strikes him as a little strange.
The OED defines quotation, in part, as:
- 1.a group of words taken from a text or speech and repeated by someone other than the original author or speaker:“a quotation from Mark Twain”(synonyms omitted)
- 2.a formal statement setting out the estimated cost for a particular job or service:“you will be sent a written quotation for the cost of repairing your machine” (synonyms omitted)
Dictionary.com says, in part:
- something that is quoted; a passage quoted from a book, speech, etc.:a speech full of quotations from Lincoln’s letters.
- the act or practice of quoting.
Is quotation merely a longer way of saying “quote” or is there something more subtle going on or is it part of the decline and fall of the English language?