Never Trust A Sign With ``Quotation Marks``

Submitted by: fancylad 3 years ago Funny

28 ""photos"" of suspicious signs with confusing quotation marks.
There are 18 comments:
Male 5,558
Squrlz,
Thanks. I`ll have to try that...have to think about it a bit...getting old...brain farts get in the way of clear thinking.
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Male 6,227
@ Broizfam: To use the Quote html tag, place the text "quote" (to start) and "/quote" (to end) in your text inside of square brackets (don`t use the quotation marks). It should look like the following BUT with square brackets ([) and (]) where I`m using parentheses.

(quote)If square brackets are used, this sentence will appear in quote format.(/quote)

Tips
1. The Quote tag will automatically insert a blank line after the end-tag, so you can`t use it for italicizing a word in the middle of a sentence.
2. Since it inserts the blank line automatically, type the text that follows on the very next line. If you insert your own blank line, you`ll have two blank lines, which is a waste of space.

Hope that helps!
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Male 5,558
@Squrlz4Sale & Cartunze,
How do you get to use a different font here. I`ve tried and it never works for me, even when I cut and paste from within these comments! ARRGH! It`s so "annoying"! (I had to do that!)
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Male 5,558
As a Grammar Nazi I`m often dismayed by the way people misuse quotation marks.

Wendypants,
I`m certainly not going to wait to receive "meat service"! Give it, maybe...
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Male 1,569

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Female 2,415
The "meat service" one was perfect!! Who doesn`t like a little "meat service" now and then? ;)

"Please"
"Take"
"Off"
"Boots"

Saw that sign once on someone`s front door...n Not kidding.
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Female 1,467
Due to MMOs I use; /action, *infadratingsis*, DERP, TYpis, *Typo correction, Confusion?!, "sarcasm".
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Female 1,467
So . . . if I quote one of these bad cases do I use an apostrophe in place of the quotation marks in the quote or leave them in since they are why I would be commenting (ignore the fact that I could just include the picture)? Or maybe use sic! Or in informal writing would one drop the quotes and add a colon?

Like: lawls, on my drive home I saw a sign that read: "Free" High Speed Internet.
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Male 6,227
@ Cartunze: The problem with using the Quote html tag is that it inserts a carriage return at the end, which is no good if you`re trying to italicize a word in the middle of a sentence (or paragraph, for that matter).

@ 5Cats: For actions, I use tildes, thus:

~throws kitty treat at 5Cats~

But I suspect you are too "attached" to your use of quotation marks for "emphasis" to change. Old cats, new tricks, yadda yadda yadda.

~pulls 5Cats` tail~
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Male 840
[quote]No proper italics at IAB?[/quote]
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Male 36,378
@Squrlz4: I usually save those for sound effects or action descriptions...

*tosses nutz at @Squrlz4*

See? There`s <these> and also >this way< but usually I`ll try to use -dashes- or, of course ALL CAPS!!! And quotes.
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Male 6,227
@ 5Cats: Ahh. Well, that explains what you`ve been up to with all those quotation marks. Suggestion: Use asterisks instead (like *this*). That way you won`t be confused with the riffraff who use quotation marks for emphasis offline.
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Male 36,378
#17 is used properly.

@Squrlz4: I have "no idea" what you`re "talking about" ;-) (lolz! I am guilty as charged!)

As @carmium points out (sort of) we have no proper italics at IAB so I`m forced to use -other- methods...
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Male 2,711
Most of those are terrible abuses of quotation marks, but (imho) a few seem to be using them properly.

#2 is quoting from the old barb about "Why would anyone jump out of a perfectly good airplane?"

#3 is from the time when Coca-cola had just trademarked the name "Coke" (1944). It was often set off with quotes to denote a nickname (or "so-called" as carmium pointed out).

#17 is quoting one of your options to vote for, you can vote "For" or you can vote "Against".

The others, however, are all very cringe-worthy.
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Female 6,381
One of my most pointless campaigns in life is convincing people that quotation marks mean, quite literally, something someone said or so-called. Half the population seems to think they are a substutute for italics.
I actually wrote a letter last week explaining this to a local battery company whose trucks drive around with the slogan:
Wanna "start" something
on their trucks. (I also explained that it was a question.)
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Male 6,227
Needless quotation marks are a plague (I`m looking at you, 5Cats). So is the greengrocer`s apostrophe, where every plural is made with an *`s*. Combine the two and we get the kind of borderline illiterate signs I see all the time:

[quote]"Fresh" ripe tomato`s for sale![/quote]
Uggh.
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Male 14,773
Uneducated people use quotation marks for emphasis. I have to admit they`re pretty funny if you assumed they were used properly
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Male 19,840
Link: Never Trust A Sign With ``Quotation Marks`` [Rate Link] - 28 ``photos`` of suspicious signs with confusing quotation marks.
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