Both in dialogue and in descriptive passages, there are times when I feel it appropriate to use single quotes to denote 'in other words' or 'so called'. examples... "I hear there are some parents who give 'donations' to certain senators to get their kids lighter duty out of harm's way." It's been suggested that I use italics as a form of emphasis on the word, as that's how it would sound in speech, the emphasized word indicating the obvious euphemism. However, I'd like to keep italics use limited to identify emotionally charged words n dialogue. In a descriptive passage... There were several recruits who became 'the leaders' simply because of their exuberant cheering and shouting. However, he knew leadership was about much more than that. In this case, 'the leaders' suggesting that these recruits were not officially named as leaders, but others came to regard them as such. please forgive strange repetition of phrases here as I edited the proof copy and it mysteriously double up some words and my attempt to correct made it even more weird.