Tuesday, July 31, 2007
Writes submitter Peter: "Originally this was just a picture of a horribly drawn arrow at a store I visited in Williamsburg, Virginia. It was only upon further inspection that I "realized" that we had only been standing in a "line." I also like the how "ENd" was a) written with a combination
of upper and lower case letters, and b) underlined twice for no apparent reason."
Perhaps this store has a history of people standing in a jumble, rather than an orderly line (or queue). Incidentally, I love the word queue. It's the only word in the english language where the only consonant is Q.
she adds, "in case you are wondering, the 'rubber' doorstop has yet to be 'discovered.'" I hope they have found good ways to "prop" open their doors... I really do think the fake materials is the best part of this particular email. What was this punctuator thinking?
Monday, July 30, 2007
I agree that quotes are usually there for a reason in news stories - I also know that reporters don't write the headlines - but the headline writer at ABC News.com clearly wasn't a fan of John Kronus.
fair enough. Although I imagine someone else called it "untimely."
Another Wrestler's 'Untimely' Death
John Kronus Found Dead in Girlfriend's N.H. Apartment)
Sunday, July 29, 2007
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Friday, July 27, 2007
Thursday, July 26, 2007
Mike was at a Pret-a-manger in London (I'm jealous) and spotted this. He writes:
I realize that a jalapeno chicken wrap is hardly anything “new”, but I won’t hold it against an establishment for applying that tagline to a product they recently began offering. The Pret a Manger in London obviously feels differently.
What’s truly strange is that all of the other hot wraps were in fact, NEW—without quotations.
Incidentally, did everyone else read that they're starting to put these in the US? I mean, nowhere near Athens, GA, but still. I'm excited about my favorite UK chain I can't pronounce crossing the Atlantic...
Wednesday, July 25, 2007
Tuesday, July 24, 2007
Leah from Waterloo writes: This is from my work..the folder is where we file cheques and other such payments for the accountant to go through. I really trust the person who "can't use proper punctuation" to pay me...right. (Just kidding, she's a very nice lady).
Although I'm still wondering, does she want people to file things in front of the tabs, or not?
Monday, July 23, 2007
Also when we were in Helen, Jim spotted this one. The part you can't really read from the glare says "your family name history printed on a beautiful parchment." While I was looking for a gift for my mom's birthday, I found this, um, imperfect. So I guess, appropriate?
Sunday, July 22, 2007
SAVANNAH, TN - - (July 11, 2007) -- Darryl Worley’s Tennessee River Run presented by West Tennessee Healthcare sets talent line up for the 6th annual event. Joining Worley at the centerpiece concert event are superstar legend, “Charlie Daniels”, multi-award winning and platinum selling, Curb Records recording artist “Trick Pony” featuring their new lead singer, the beautiful and awesome, Aubrey Collins, and just coming off two consecutive hit records in “Alyssa’s Lies” and “Livin’ Our Love Song,” Arista Records recording artist, “Jason Michael Carroll”. The annual event will be held September 14 – 15, 2007 at Pickwick Landing State Park Resort in Hardin County, TN.
You know, that guy some of us call "Charlie Daniels" will be there. what's especially egregious about this example is that the song titles are (appropriately) quoted, which makes the artist names blend in instead of stand out. Silly country promoters.
Saturday, July 21, 2007
Jim and I went to Helen, GA recently when he was here visiting. This chocolate shop smelled heavenly, AND featured this great sign. The fudge was a bit outside our grad student price range, but the sign and the smells made the stop in worthwhile. I love a hanging quotation mark. And imaginary ingredients.
Friday, July 20, 2007
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...
From what I know about insurance, "saving me money" might be exactly right.
Same story with cable. I don't think I've ever had a prompt response - "prompt" is right!
Wednesday, July 18, 2007
Subject: Processor's Certification letter
Importance: HighYou can find this fill in the blanks letter in Company Docs under Docs-All Blank Forms."please" do not save your info or change anything in this letter-- if you want to save or change it - save it to "YOUR OWN FILE"Thank You, (name erased)
Tuesday, July 17, 2007
Complaint description: excessive noise; This is additional information to a request sent regarding garbage and litter. The tenants at (address removed) often sit on my property across the street on almost a nightly basis. They also play their car stereos loudly and have been seen "shooting craps" on the stairs of my property. In addition, I have observed them "rolling joints" of marijuana and smoking. This property is a nuisance.
if you're going to smoke marijuana, you should really learn how to roll it right. Don't go around "rolling joints." Seriously.
Monday, July 16, 2007
The blog post expresses some deep trauma from an old wound, but nevertheless my attuned eyes caught the extra quotes on the license plate frame.
"a place that you can count on"
Don't get me started on how they ended their "sentence" with a preposition, that's a matter for another blog. I will say that my customer experience was so poor that I'm still horked off enough to write about it. So Highland Chrysler Jeep, count on "this".
At Taco Real in Hammond, IN:
Free "chips and salsa" served with every meal. (The salsa did taste rather like tomato soup...)
On the take-out menu for J's Peapod, Lansing, IL:
"Why drive? When we deliver" hot to your door.
Ladies and Gentlemen: please excuse the “blanket” e-mail, but we (Facilities) feel a need to send this message to “all” on the third floor. We have had a number of complaints about the odor coming from the refrigerators. After sending Dave Hxxxxxx to check things out, it was discovered that someone left soup in the refrigerator too long and it turned sour. Also, strawberries were left too long and they were bad. PLEASE continue to check any food that you have stored in the refrigerator and be responsible, remove it after a day if it has not been eaten. These refrigerators are not to be used for long term storage of food. Also large items are supposed to be stored in the refrigerator in the staff dining room on the first floor. DO NOT OVERSTUFF these units, this causes poor circulation within the cooling area and ice builds up.
clearly some of the people are left out, hence the "all" included in the "blanket" email...
Sunday, July 15, 2007
I am going to believe that it's called a "complimentary" consultation because they say nice things about you lik "you have such good ideas," "you're such a beautiful bride," and not because it's free.
Saturday, July 14, 2007
Friday, July 13, 2007
Thursday, July 12, 2007
Sent: Wednesday, July 04, 2007 7:21 PMSubject:[*****freecycle] Offered "School Furniture" HD7 Area
Maybe the "couple" in the previous article could use some new "furniture"
Indeed. Good luck with your new "career," if you must call it that, M.
Wednesday, July 11, 2007
This photo was taken by Bess on her honeymoon who sent it to her brother Bayne (turns out unnecessary quotation marks is a joke in their family too). Bayne sent it to me, and good thing he did. I'm not sure I'd want to stay at this place since I may or may not be a "guest" and the towels may or may not be "clean"...
Daniela sends us this from a highchair in a chinese restaurant. It has really ridiculous levels of emphasis (evidently SECURE and NEVER are less important than WARNING). Maybe they mean to say "hey, it's not our warning. We're quoting someone else. Don't shoot the messenger!"
Tuesday, July 10, 2007
I'm pretty excited. Thanks Brian!
(permanent link to article on Brian's blog).
Monday, July 09, 2007
Katie spotted this one at a restaurant, and survived a strange look from the cashier while taking this photo. Evidently the color may or may not really be blue. I won't even get into the confusing syntax in the rest of this sign...
same restaurant. Katie's id, however, did not get to eat for free. Neither did it earn her a free meal.
Sunday, July 08, 2007
Reader Julia sent me this sign. I would be a little sketched out by a "sale" myself... Julia adds that she didn't get a chance to photograph the back, which lacks the quotes on "sale" and puts them instead around "seniors helping seniors". There was a senior headed her way, yelling, and she didn't want to have to "buy" anything.
Wednesday, July 04, 2007
Speaking of freedom, I'll be out of town until Sunday. You'll survive without me somehow.
Since neither of us read Korean, we can't tell for sure if these are appropriate or not, but don't they LOOK like they could be wrong? The second one is from a belgian website:
Jan helpfully translates the last line into english: Send us (without any further obligations) an "email" message.
Now, maybe in Belgian you put foreign words in quotes (in English it's standard to use italics) but maybe "email" is their secret sarcastic term for a fax?
Tuesday, July 03, 2007
Perhaps the quotation marks are to draw attention to the fact that, while our country may be independent from great britain, we rely economically on the third world to supply raw materials and cheap labor. What really makes this sign special, though, is the extra opening quotes. Classic.
Thanks to Lisa in NYC who spotted and photographed this one.
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"on the cob"? I imagine that these quotes are meant to indicate "as the kids are saying these days" or whatever, but is there some other more formal term for corn on the cob? Sam, who sent me this one, also points out that the exclamation points adds just a little bit more humor.
Monday, July 02, 2007
Sunday, July 01, 2007
Incidentally, I was just looking at my blogroll here and discovered that apostrophe abuse and lowercaseL both also started in July '05. That is a very strange coincidence, although I suspect so many similar styled blogs started at the same time due to the growing availability of cameraphones.