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Date: 06/18/13 12:25 PM

18 Responses to Never Trust A Sign With “Quotation Marks“

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    fancylad Male 30-39
    18930 posts
    June 18, 2013 at 12:17 pm
    Link: Never Trust A Sign With ``Quotation Marks`` - 28 ``photos`` of suspicious signs with confusing quotation marks.
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    Draculya Male 40-49
    14652 posts
    June 18, 2013 at 12:48 pm
    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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    Squrlz4Sale Male 40-49
    6230 posts
    June 18, 2013 at 12:50 pm
    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:

    "Fresh" ripe tomato`s for sale!
    Uggh.
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    carmium Female 50-59
    6381 posts
    June 18, 2013 at 12:54 pm
    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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    chalket Male 50-59
    2712 posts
    June 18, 2013 at 1:33 pm
    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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    5Cats Male 50-59
    33110 posts
    June 18, 2013 at 2:05 pm
    #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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    Squrlz4Sale Male 40-49
    6230 posts
    June 18, 2013 at 2:50 pm
    @ 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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    5Cats Male 50-59
    33110 posts
    June 18, 2013 at 9:45 pm
    @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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    Cartunze Male 60-69
    841 posts
    June 18, 2013 at 10:29 pm
    No proper italics at IAB?
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    Squrlz4Sale Male 40-49
    6230 posts
    June 19, 2013 at 12:00 am
    @ 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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    Magentab0b Female 30-39
    1467 posts
    June 19, 2013 at 12:26 am
    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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    Magentab0b Female 30-39
    1467 posts
    June 19, 2013 at 12:30 am
    Due to MMOs I use; /action, *infadratingsis*, DERP, TYpis, *Typo correction, Confusion?!, "sarcasm".
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    Wendypants Female 30-39
    2420 posts
    June 19, 2013 at 5:56 am
    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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    MrAtari Male 40-49
    1566 posts
    June 19, 2013 at 7:17 am

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    broizfam Male 60-69
    4890 posts
    June 19, 2013 at 12:54 pm
    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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    broizfam Male 60-69
    4890 posts
    June 19, 2013 at 1:01 pm
    @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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    Squrlz4Sale Male 40-49
    6230 posts
    June 19, 2013 at 3:19 pm
    @ 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 () 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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    broizfam Male 60-69
    4890 posts
    June 20, 2013 at 9:31 am
    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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