Three readers: Pat, Amanda and Brad all sent me a link to the smoking gun which features a letter written by a Cleveland counsilman to a drug dealer who was arrested in his neighborhood.
It is littered with unnecessary quotation marks; Pat chooses "You are a 'thug'" as a favorite. I'm also fond of the part about Mr Winston's "stupid 'ass'" especially since it comes after the part about "your so-called friends" (no quotation marks when the ironic use would be appropriate.)
Also, I'm usually just the quotation marks police, and leave other people's writing style alone. Well, on this blog anyway, but I can't let "your dumb stupid ass" go by without a comment about the redundancy and lack of creativity here...
5 months ago