Tuesday, July 12, 2005

Found on a truck in Holland, MI

A pest control truck in Holland had the name of the company and, under it, in quotes, "we make mouse calls".

to smoke or not to smoke

seen at a McDonald's in Everett, Washington last week:

This is a "Non-Smoking" Restaurant

Friday, July 08, 2005

found on the net

I don't know if this sign qualifies for this site or if it's just strange altogether. I saw it though, and thought it was about time to post something anyway.

Friday, July 01, 2005

another language blog

Not that anything will ever be as fun as listening for others in my vicinity to drop "a whole nother," but my favorite weird language thing is the appearance of innapropriate quotation marks in printed material. Although, actually, sometimes people accomplish innapropriate quotation marks verbally as well, through the use of "quoty fingers" - another amusing phenomena.

So, what I'm interested in here is quotation marks that appear for no reason. These often work to obscure the intended meaning to comic effect, at least if you're a punctuation nerd. Not that i know anyone like that.

The most recent example I have is from the Hope Summer Repatory Theatre program in one actor's bio. Something like you may remember his "hips" from last year's production of Bye Bye Birdie. So... were they not real hips? (maybe they were so not real)

Feel free to uncover and report your own examples in comments.