Sorry theducks. That's some nice lookaheads/lookbehinds you have going on there, but I need it to include multi-word phrases that may have punctuation (“”‘’.,?!:;-—…).
Tilia's takes me to a lot more
of what I'm looking for, but seems to skip multi-word phrases that have an apostrophe in the very first word.
Basically, I've accidentally blown up a lot of the italic spans in a document of mine. I'd like to be able to reliably find every instance of <span class="italics">(.*?)</span> EXCEPT instances where there's only one word in the span. That would narrow what I need to check from 700 instances down to... well... I'm not exactly sure of the number (obviously), but it would be a heck of a lot less than 700, anyway.