MEANING: noun: The quotation marks used to indicate that the quoted word or phrase is incorrect, nonstandard, or ironic.

ETYMOLOGY: Coined by the philosopher G.E.M. Anscombe in 1956. The equivalent term in spoken communication is air quotes.

NOTES: Scare quotes are used to indicate the writer’s disagreement or disapproval of the use of the term.
Example: Some consider Trump to be the “greatest” president ever.

SCARE QUOTA - maximum allowed level of frightfulness

SCALE QUOTE - what Union members are getting paid

SCAR QUOTE - "Yeah, but you should see the other guy!"