Wednesday, December 12, 2007

When?


someday
Originally uploaded by mirthmobile
From a Dove chocolate bar wrapper provided by the ever-vigilant Brooke.

Although in the past there have been some manually added quotes, this one appears legitimate.

It would have been funnier if today were also in quotes.

15 comments:

Zach said...

I would lean toward this one being okay in a descriptivist sort of way, at least. I can imagine someone saying "Someday I will..." and in this case they are saying "Make what you are saying 'someday' for happen today." I've seen others on this blog that seem to cross that line for me.

I believe punctuation is there to enhance our writing. I laugh when quotes are used as some sort of sick replacement of italics or drawing attention to something. What better way, though, to represent someone saying "someday" than typing "someday"?

I'm open to being proven wrong.

omnichad said...

I agree. I just stumbled upon this blog a couple days ago and loved reading it all. I'm a feed subscriber now, and since then it seems that about half the ones I've seen should have been left alone, since there is an obvious and hardly marginal reason for the use of quotes.

If you're reading this out there - you don't have to post every day! If it's not good enough, just don't post it. That will make me want to unsubscribe. It's almost like blog spam I have to delete from my feed reader.

Eva said...

Yeah, this one is absolutely acceptable. I read the quoted word as something one would say, just as Zach (first comment) says. "I wish I could treat myself to a massage." "Ah..someday...."

Make that "someday" today! What an uplifting message from a chocolate. ;-)

kodgetts said...

I agree that this example doesn't qualify in the category of "unnecessary quotation marks". It would have qualified if the quotation marks were around one of the other words. But they aren't. Don't post stuff like this, please. kaythanxbi

john said...

I agree in this situation that "Make someday today" wouldn't make any sense without the quotes, but you guys seem to be making a mountain out of a molehill...

jeff biebighauser said...

Come on, folks. It is still entirely possible to read the "someday" in a creepy voice, accompanied with a knowing nod -- I think the humor is preserved.

Also, I'm not at all sure why I'm being so defensive of this blog, but do Omni-Chad and Kodgetts seem kind of demanding?

mitchell said...

One of the things that makes the language so wonderful is its flexibility, its allowing for personal style. With a language as rich as English, you're sometimes going to have disagreements over usage. It's not the rules of punctuation that are unclear, but the creative, dynamic use of the language itself that makes for this kind of debate. Don't you love it? I do.

I agree with the consensus here: This is a perfectly acceptable use of quotation marks. I disagree with the tone some of the posters above have taken, as if this is their space. You can disagree without being insulting or abrasive, you know. Maybe someday you'll take the time to author a blog like this, and maybe you'll then have no need to be so demanding.

Hey, why don't we make that "someday" today? :)

Jules said...

I agree with Mitchell. This is supposed to be a fun blog. Some of you need to chill with your crazy grammar rules and threats of not reading it anymore!

Since the first chocolate wrapper was supposed to be a private joke between friends, its a little ironic that one with real quotes was actually found! Lighten up people!

kodgetts said...

Sorry, I didn't mean to sound demanding, and I'm not threatening to stop reading this very amusing blog. I often forget that nuances of speech are lost in this text-only environment. I was rather trying to advise the author not to water down the otherwise excellent content with examples that do not qualify under the stated category of "unnecessary quotation marks". That is, after all, what the intention of this blog is. If I may make an analogy, it's like posting about cats on a blog about dogs.

Jeff said...

They didn't cite the quotation of "someday" thereby making it incorrect. So there.

I would personally prefer to have many posts to misinterpret and comment on, with a few gems here and there, rather than a really great post once or twice a week.

FunkyBizzle said...

Isn't the whole point of this blog to poke fun at people who tarnish their own reputations with incorrect public signage? If we're going to call them out and make fun of them, then we better be right. If we're not careful, we'll soon see this one on The "Blog" of "Correct" Quotation Marks "Sighted" on the "Blog" of "Unnecessary" Quotation Marks.

bethany said...

actually, the point of this blog is to have fun with language. See the FAQ.

Jeff said...

^
Thank you, Bethany

^^
There's also the fact that a lot of these posts that posters point out as "correct" are completely optional, thereby making them unnecessary. It's not the blog of incorrect quotes...
/rant

In general... lighten up!!

Anonymous said...

half? HALF? omnichad, i hope you're exaggerating. actually, omnichad, feel free to unsubscribe since this site isn't up to your standards. goodness, you've only known of this blog for a couple days, and you're already being extremely critical. hey kodgetts, dont post demanding comments before, i dunno, reading the FAQs. "kaythanxbi"

cailan said...

'There's also the "fact" that "a lot" of these [posts that posters point out] as "correct" are completely "optional," thereby making them "unnecessary." It's not "the blog of 'incorrect' quotes"...'

Ha-HAAAA!!! It's like FRINGE!!!!!

Actually, when I read that back, in my head I hear William Shatner speaking ... lol

<3 ps) I agree, this one's correct as is, and also that the blog owner must be punished severely, preferably with fire >:}