Thursday, November 08, 2007

all the parking here is "full"

This is from Brooke. I suspect that "full" means full except for the 12 spaces reserved for special friends of the parking attendant. And by special friends, I mean anybody with an extra $50.

10 comments:

Anonymous said...

Hmm. I believe that "FULL" in this case is a direct reference to the text of the sign being mentioned, and the quotation marks are therefore appropriate.

Mrs. Thuro said...

I agree with anonymous...

cassie said...

ok anon, you are just being way lame! Its called funny, when you make things up about quotation marks!
Anyways thats just my opinion.

Jacob said...

No Cassie, the anon is right. What we have here is a classic case of use-mention distinction. In context, "full" refers to what the sign says, and the quotation marks are absolutely required

Demented Clanger said...

Does that mean it has some spaces but they are being saved for other, more important people?

Jeff said...

They are 100% not required. Sorry. We don't even know that the sign says "full"

Matt said...

I agree; also, don't forget that we are not reading a newspaper article here. The designer of this sign has already set "full" apart by making it a different color and font size than some of the sign's other elements. This is another reason that it seems a little funny and overkill to tack on quotation marks as well.

I hate it when I post a comment that sounds so serious...

Noah said...

Anonymous here again (really, this time with the correct radio button, um, radioed). I never said the post wasn't funny, so I really don't know where you got that from. You should feel safe in assuming that in fact I do find it funny (and that I think quotation mark abusers generally deserve what they get here...after all, I am reading this blog). But when you poke fun at people, especially when you suggest ignorance and/or lower intelligence, you had better make sure that your position is solid.

Anonymous said...

This sign is punctuated correctly. We can find fault with it only if we assume that the sign being referred to doesn't say "full," and this would be a stupid assumption to make. (What else would a sign indicating lot fullness say?)

Mary Mary said...

Well, correct or not I was rather amused to see that sign because I live 5 miles from that parking garage :)