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Some words start with an apostrophe, indicating a contraction: the ’60s, ’twas, the ’n’ in “Fish ’n’ Chips,” and so forth. Sometimes you need to set these within quotation marks; for example, if you were quoting the first line of “Jabberwocky”:
“’Twas brillig, and the slithy toves…”
1. The manual for my word processor rightfully rails against straight quotes, except in the ’Twas case above. It gives an actual example which suggests the use of a single typewriter quote in that particular instance. I wrote them to protest, and they were very amenable to removing the recommendation if I could cite a reference. The Chicago Manual of Style says nothing about setting an initial apostrophe in quotes, and nor does Dowding that I could see. My copy of Bringhurst is on loan. Can anyone point me to a specific published discussion of this case? Where would they have gotten the idea that a typewriter quote was OK?
2. How would you suggest setting an initial apostrophe in quotes? With a thin space before, to visually distinguish it? Suggestions welcomed.