Thursday, October 11, 2007
the "blog" of "unnecessary" quotation marks
I saw this in the Tribune the other day, and then again on Friendly Atheist. It's a blog that pokes fun at all the "unnecessary" quotation marks people throw in that make ordinary phrases suddenly seem disingenuous. Here are some of the funnier ones:

For more unnecessary quotation mark "fun" click here.


posted by Mike Clawson at 10:51 AM | Permalink |


At 10/16/2007 09:24:00 PM, Anonymous Karl

Wheaton's Alan Jacobs wrote a great piece a few years ago about the use of scare quotes. I'll link it below but feel like I need to provide a caveat: the article was written in 2003 and the context in which he writes about scare quotes is the way the President and administration are quoted in most mainstream media outlets.

I think Jacobs' point re. the use and misuse of scare quotes stands and is well-made, regardless of what one's opinion is (or was in 2003)of the war in Iraq or the publication in which the article appears (I once found the article, as I once found this blog, by Googling Jacobs' name). If one isn't distracted by the politics of Bush vs. anti-Bush and reads Jacobs for the point he's trying to make, I think it's a good one and stands on its own regardless of what you think about the war:


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