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One clarification, re: "Curly quotes are also known as 'smart quotes,'..." Not to be too pedantic, but this is not quite correct. Curly quotes are also known as "typographer's quotes". "Smart quotes" is the name of a software feature -- originally in Microsoft Word, I believe -- which allows you to type "straight" quotes and substitutes left or right curly quotes based on the context. The "smart" bit is the logic that figures out whether a particular quote mark should be a left quote or a right quote.
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