Using parentheses or ellipses in quotes is lazy, messy housekeeping, occasionally even deceptive. In these days when everything is on YouTube, you don’t want your readers to stop trusting you because you edited someone’s quote, especially when your readers can hear the quote for themselves.

 

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Merrill Perlman managed copy desks across the newsroom at The New York Times, where she worked for 25 years.