Tuesday, September 04, 2007

don't "hang out"

This one is from Katie's laundry room. "hanging out" is a strange word to have in quotation marks, because it's such a broad term. Also, don't people "hang out" with a book while they wait for their laundry sometimes? Maybe they really mean no "making out."

10 comments:

Skye said...

Maybe they mean no hanging your laundry out on a clothesline?

Elayne said...

No, I think this one's legit. "Hanging out" still counts as a slang expression. Think of a curmudgeon muttering, "there they are, the little hippies, with their 'hanging out' again..."

Brian Atkinson said...

If that's what they call "hanging out" then lock me up.

marimba said...

Using quotation marks is a quick and easy handwritten substitute for italics. Putting "hanging out" in italics would not be inappropriate here, since the sign writer may consider it a colloquialism. Might as well just use the word "loiter" though.

Anonymous said...

legit. No "hanging out" as you kids say.

marla said...

marimba said...

Using quotation marks is a quick and easy handwritten substitute for italics.
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I'm pretty sure that statement is in direct opposition to everything this blog stands for.

marimba said...

Well, this blog "stands for" illustrating "unnecessary" use of quotation marks (I think) so I suppose you have a point - it's unnecessary to put them around "hanging out" but to do so is hardly ungrammatical, like so many of the other examples here.

marla said...

That is "true".

Anonymous said...

I think this one is valid. They probably mean loitering, but are using the slang term "hanging out".

Travis said...

Yeah, quotes make sense. It's a broad but colloquial term, and is properly quoted though. As marimba said applies.