...followed closely by "Accident".Happy Birthday!
Sorry to say, but I think those quotation marks are legitimate, since the subject of the sentence is the word "special" itself.Now, if the card had read something like:You are "special"...that would've been worthy of ridicule.
Ditto to Nathan - and I say this as a "hater" of unnecessary quotation-marks. (I always ask, "Quoting whom?")
...because you're "beyond what is common or usual."
...don't let this impersonal pre-printed salutation persuade you otherwise."Happy Birthday!"
...because calling you "retarded" is not politically correct.
ah, but DJP and Nathan, it wouldn't be nearly as funny without the quotation marks.
Nathan and DJP are right. They're quoting a word that is the subject, so the quotation marks are correct.
That is grammatically correct.
Yes, it's grammatically correct, but usually when the word 'special' is surrounded by quotation marks, it implies mental retardation. I guess the funny part here isn't the grammar but the implied message.
Yep. Seems valid to me.Be sure that when you ridicule something that YOU know what you are talking about... ;)
'retarded' is what the doctors diagnosed. Never mind, Happy Birthday buddy!
The Council of Grammar Nazis has issued its verdict! TO AUSCHWITZ WITH THE GRAMMAR TRAITOR!
Agreed with Nathan, DJP, and others. And Jackie, i think that was the point of the card. But anyway, aside from some entries where the quotations seem to be legitimate but we can't know because of a lack of context, I love this blog!
If what is meant is that the addressee is not merely special but "special" (say retarded), then one should use quotation marks twice when talking about the word itself:" "special" " is the word that best describes you.
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