Monday, December 31, 2012

Add some "spice"

I guess these aren't actual spices, then? Thanks Carolina.

Sunday, December 30, 2012


I guess this happy hour only occurs occasionally. Thanks, Edna.

Friday, December 28, 2012

Since "1954"

I guess they started this company a bit later. Or earlier, but don't talk about that part. Thanks Lori.

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

You know....

I mean, it's probably not the real Santa. And I'm sure they'll find a way to charge for it. So... I guess this might be ok. Thanks Elaine.

"happy" "holidays"

Consider this greeting especially for you from the blog. "Happy" "Holidays!" And thanks for sending me this Michelle.

"Made in USA"

I guess "Made in USA" is a code for some particular type of item. Thanks Claire.

Sunday, December 23, 2012

Don't Walk on "New Plants"

I guess these plants just have the nickname "new plants." Thanks Sarah.

Editorial note: sorry for the light posting around the holidays. Busy with family and travel.

Saturday, December 22, 2012

Kindle sale almost over

It is my understanding that today is the last day to get the Kindle edition of The Book of Unnecessary Quotation Marks for only $1.99. The hardcover or digital version continue to be a great last minute gift. If the punctuation lover in your family already owns my book, and you still need a gift, I made this pinboard to help you out.

Thursday, December 20, 2012

So Yankee tea?


I guess the tea could be sweeter. Thanks Shannon.

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

"do not talk to strangers"

Katie saw this one on a fundraising packet from her kids. I guess they are giving lip-service to the no-strangers thing, but would gladly take strangers money if you decide to ignore it.

"Out of service"

I guess you can use this if you want. Whenever. Thanks Jason.

Monday, December 17, 2012


I guess "fresh" and "Mexico" are the nicknames of these guavas. Thanks Desmond.

observe pretend caution

This sidewalk is really "dangerous" I guess. Thanks Nancy.

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Quotation Marks on Pinterest

I'm trying something new, and pinning a few of my favorite posts from time to time to this pinboard. I'd love it if you would check it out and repin your favorites!

For "joint" diseases

Are these, like, diseases that people were supposed to work on together but really one person did everything? Thanks Harry.

"hot sauce"

I guess this is for wimps who want something that is not particularly hot or saucy. Thanks Sandra.

Saturday, December 15, 2012


We know you're going to use these for figurines and dvds, but we'll call them "bookcases" anyway. Thanks Mike.

"Water" will be off

I guess the secret orange juice faucets will be turned off in this building (or were in the past.. sorry I'm so behind on posting these). Thanks David.

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

"watch" your step

I guess you need not actually stare at your feet when you "watch" your step here. Thanks Christie.

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Monday, December 10, 2012

Customers "Only"

I guess there's not really a limit to who can go. Thanks Peter.

"cardboard" "only"

Just put any old thing in this trash bin. Thanks Jason.

Sunday, December 09, 2012

"delicious water"

Submitter Matthew says he spotted this next to a drinking fountain in Kumamoto, Japan. I wonder what really comes out of the fountain, and what it tastes like!

Walk-ins are "welcome"

I guess walk-ins are only mildly welcomed here. Thanks Chuck.

Friday, December 07, 2012

donut quotation

Obviously, this is a famous quote from the owner of this place or something. Thanks Charlie.

throwing apples "over fence"

I guess if you throw the apples near the fence, it's totally ok. Thanks John and Heather.

Reminder: the Kindle edition of the unnecessary quotation marks book is still available for $1.99, but won't be that cheap forever!

Thursday, December 06, 2012

"New" store hours

I guess these are the same old store hours. Thanks Stuart.

"take a picture"

I like the implication that "take a picture" is too slangy to go quote-free. Thanks Pete.

Wednesday, December 05, 2012

Your "Garden"

That pathetic thing you call a "garden?" Sure. Well buy this stuff for it I guess. Thanks John.

Toughest cop "alive"

Zombie cop? The Terminator? Vampire? How scared should I be about this, as a law-abiding citizen? Thanks Rachel.

Tuesday, December 04, 2012

Soft Drink Wars continue?

I guess this person has only partially acquiesced to the local term "pop." Thanks Will.

Monday, December 03, 2012

"margaritas" are our specialty

Here is a restaurant that specializes in fake margaritas. Thanks Erica.


I guess what we have here is fake glass. Thanks Charles.

Sunday, December 02, 2012

"Please don't Tailgate"

I loved submitter Alexander's email about this:

All I could think of as I was tailgating this guy for the picture was the Onion-style headline if I crashed:

"Area Pedant Dies in Car Crash While Ironically Photographing Unnecessary Quotation Marks"

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