“Punctuation? Oh yeah, full stops and stuff. Nobody uses that these days.”
Well, that’s up to the individual I suppose, but I dare you to disagree that the following are absolutely unforgivable! Misquotes are seen everywhere.
I love spotting misquotes
When misused, quotation marks (also known as speech marks or misquotes) can make even the most innocent sentence worthy of serious suspicion. Would you trust the authors of these signs seen on shop windows and store fronts?
- PROFESSIONAL “MASSAGE”
- YOU “MATTER” TO US
- BUDWEISER “BEER” NOW AVAILABLE
- “NEW” UNDERWEAR 50p EACH
- ***** RESTAURANT : WE HAVE “CRABS”
- “FRESH” PIZZA £1 A SLICE
- WARNING: “ELECTRIC FENCE”
- CAUTION: “MEN” WORKING
- FIREWORKS “YOU CAN TRUST” SOLD HERE
- SMART LIPO BY A “REAL” PLASTIC SURGEON
How extraordinary that those teensy weensy dots that surround a quite acceptable word or phrase (the lovely misquote) suddenly infer that the product is anything BUT fresh, new or even hygienic!
Be warned! This is just the “tip” of the iceberg; now then, about the apostrophe …