Site of the Day: The 'Blog' of 'Unnecessary' Quotation Marks

Quotemarksblog_lAfter perusing the hilarious "Blog" of "Unnecessary" Quotation Marks, I think it’s safe to say many of us never paid attention in elementary school. Grammar is (usually) never anybody’s favorite subject, and I know I’m not the only one who tuned out whenever topics like prepositional phrases and conjunctions were discussed. But, let’s be serious: Quotation marks are not confusing. Or, at least they shouldn’t be. Right?!

Blogger Bethany Keeley asks contributors to send pictures of people abusing and musing quotation marks, and oftentimes her snarky descriptors are just as funny as the pictures themselves. The posts range from the ironic (a 2007 post welcoming "President" George W. Bush), to the downright confusing (like the post that’s pictured.) There’s just so many things wrong with that "sentence," I don’t even know where to start. (Oh, see what I did there?)

What say you, PopWatchers? Are you guilty of any of these quote crimes? And what’s your favorite post on the blog? Don’t be afraid to "share" share.


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  • Elizabeth

    My sister’s in-laws always put quotation marks around names on the front of envelopes w/birthday cards in them – like they’re suspicious. Happy Birthday, “Stephanie” – if that’s your REAL name…

  • cruzilla

    Thanks for highlighting this website (and scourge of our grammar nation!). I once had a medical profesisonal send me an email that she was sending my records to an “expert” in the field. That was so reassuring.

  • Winona

    I “love” this site – I’ve actually “sent in” a few entries myself, and am always on the lookout for “new” signs to send in. “Thanks” for sharing this with PopWatchers!

  • khrystyne

    Ahhhhhhhh, quotation marks. They can be so fun to play with. But not as much fun as apostrophes. As an editor, I cringe whenever I see improper apostrophe usage, such as “Nail’s done here” (seen at a manicurist shop). Hence, one of my favorite Web sites is The Apostrophe Protection Society .

  • Nix

    I’m away from Popwatch for a week or two and suddenly there’s a whole new cast of interns at EW’s offices tasked with cosseting we the drooling herd. Fun fun fun!

  • cap

    I “LOVE” this “website” and have been following it for awhile.
    Another good one is “yousuckatcraigslist”

  • David

    Another “great” site is http://www.apostropheabuse.com, especially if errant apostrophe’s really bother you and your’s

  • Becky

    To follow up on the first comment, I also like http://www.apostrophecatastrophes.com.

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