May 13 2010

Quotation marks in the strangest places

by Barbie in Grammar

We shared this photo with our Facebook and Twitter fans earlier this week, showing an unnecessary use of quotation marks at one of our favorite Lexington restaurants. I’ve seen it before—and it has irked me before—but I happened to have my camera on me when we stopped by last weekend.

Businesses seem to be the biggest fans unnecessary quotation marks. Often, misplaced quotation marks can be humorous, as chronicled in the Blog of Unnecessary Quotation Marks

So, folks, remember why we use quotation marks—to set off and represent exact language. Don’t use quotation marks for emphasis, unless you want to give your readers a good laugh. If you want to emphasize text, bold it, underline it, italicize it, or put it in all caps, but please don’t use quotation marks.