Friday, September 05, 2008

straightforward slogan

I have no idea why the statement in quotation marks is even on there. Do you really rent the bikes there? Why should they talk about it since it's already called rent-a-bike? Thanks, Suzanne.

10 comments:

Amanda said...

Maybe your "rent" contract is actually code for a purchase they won't tell you about ahead of time. Watch out for collections.

"I bought what?"

The Great Joe Bivins said...

There's people walking around seeing bikes and going "Hey! I wonder where you rent the bikes?" Then they see the sign and go. "Oh! That answers my question exactly!"

Lizzie Nichols said...

Awww. Used to live in that town. Walked by that sign every day and wonder at the extraneous quotation marks. Thanks for the memories.

Emily said...

I think it's like a nickname.
like saying
mike "spike" morgan
or something like that.
"why yes, my name is Arnold's Rent-a-bike, but my friends call me..."

Tina-cious.com said...

I agree with Emily. :)

Proteus93 said...

This is not to say "Where you steal the bikes" See the difference, people? RENT the bikes! Quit making us "replace" them!!

Karol said...

Fun blog, but I think you may be missing "the point." Quotation marks are the less sophisticated way to "emphasize" something, perhaps to make it seem as if someone's voice is "speaking" with gusto the parts that are being quoted. They are not being used with any awareness of the more sardonic tendency to put something in quotation marks in order to disown responsibility for its veracity, or to make it seem contingent or "so-called." The rampant apostrophe on the other hand, now "that's" a true goofball mistake. -kc

bethany said...

karol,
of course. read my FAQ and you will better understand my philosophy of intentionally misreading for comedy's sake.

George Peterson said...

Though most of these are great, I can kind of understand this one. People are probably always asking "where do you rent the bikes," so this sign tells them that this is "where you rent the bikes."

Nothing said...

McDonald's
"Where you eat the food!"