Finally, there's proof that I'm not the only one who goes ballistic upon seeing quotation marks where they shouldn't be.
The brilliant Bethany Keeley has started the "Blog" of "Unnecessary" Quotation Marks and it features photos submitted from around the globe of the gratuitous use of quotation marks where they're, um, unnecessary.
In the best (worst) examples, the quotes add an unintended snarky or ironic air to an otherwise straightforward message.
Here you'll find signs reading, for example:
- "Tree's" (a double headbanger, containing as it does not only extraneous quotation marks but also an unneeded apostrophe which--need we keep saying this?--does not make something plural!)
- a "3 minute" car wash (wonder how long it really takes)
- and my personal favorite, a photo vendor whose work is "guaranteed" (In other words, don't try to get a refund.)
Read them and "weep" (or go ahead and really weep.)