The Virtual Gathering Spot For
Uneccessary Quotation Marks
Writers (and careful readers) tend to be forever rolling their eyes in mild disgust at all the absurd language errors they find all around them. When you're younger, you might point out to the restaurant manager the egregious typo in his menu or note the syntax error in the sign at your local gas station. Ah, the optimism of youth. But after awhile, you probably become resigned to it. But you still notice all this stuff--how could you not?--and perhaps silently muse to yourself about what a casually illiterate culture we've become. One of the more subtle (but also most common) forms of errors you'll see all around you are the bizarre examples of words and phrases placed in quotation marks for no apparent reason. These mistakes tend to make me laugh more than anything. You can have a little fun trying to figure out what was going through the mind of the person who decided to place these quotation marks there. Sure enough, someone started a blog devoted to gathering examples of these dubious mistakes. We'd love to hear your thoughts.