December 26th, 2010

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In German books you often find French quotation marks («guillemets»). German typesetters, however, use them differently. A quote in a German book would look like »this«. In the German speaking part of Switzerland, typesetters use «guillemets» the same way the French do.


Guillemet: either of the marks « or » used as quotation marks in French writing.
(Origin: French, from diminutive of Guillaume William (perhaps a printer's name)
First Known Use: circa 1905

Во как серьезно! А OED вообще этого слова не знает (хотя знает, почему-то, синдром Гийена-Барре).