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24-Apr-2002

“Quotation marks”

Filed under: General — codeman38 @ 2:26 pm

It gets me how many people think that quotation marks are supposed to be used for emphasis. I just walked past a building here on campus on which was posted a sign that read something like:

“WET”
“PAINT”
Please enter through side door

OK…if it isn’t really wet, and more importantly, it isn’t really paint, why do we need to worry about touching the door?

4 Comments »

  1. Because… if it’s not really wet, and not really paint, do you really want to be touching unidentifiable gooey things?

    Comment by Kat — 25-Apr-2002 @ 12:15 am

  2. d00d. My college’s food service people do that on their signs… annoys me a lot. Please throw “all” trash away… Graaagh.

    Comment by Gahalia — 27-Apr-2002 @ 12:50 am

  3. Have you seen the Gallery of Misused Quotation Marks? http://www.juvalamu.com/qmarks/

    Comment by Paige P. (#168, '00, #43, '01) — 24-Jul-2003 @ 2:10 pm

  4. Yes, I’ve seen the Gallery of Misused Quotation Marks; it’s linked from the Proofreader’s Hall of Shame. Great stuff.

    (And by the way, Paige, the address didn’t show up because you entered it in angle brackets; MovableType interprets that as an HTML tag and strips it.)

    Comment by codeman38 — 24-Jul-2003 @ 2:41 pm

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