October 3 2012

Around town: Quotation marks

by Barbie in Around Town

Quotation marks surround direct quotes. They should not be used for emphasis. Italicizing, underlining, or even bolding words is more appropriate for emphasis. Unfortunately, these rules do not extend to the real world. Here are some downright unnecessary uses of quotation marks we’ve come across lately.

Every time we see quotation marks used inappropriately, this scene from Friends comes to mind: Joey & Air Quotes