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Monday, 21 April 2008

"This" is "just" "ridiculous"

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IMG_6492, originally uploaded by bblivit.

Our Twitter friend Laura K brought this to my attention.

Just for the record: it's never OK to use quotation marks for emphasis. Never ever. It's also your moral and legal obligation to slap those who do. In the face.



*Update*
There is another picture from the same establishment: http://www.flickr.com/photos/bblivit/2411339341.

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9 Comments:
OpenID pauldwaite said...

On the “bright side”, if there were a “fire”, all these “unnecessary” quote “marks” would hopefully be reduced to “ashes”.

21 April 2008 22:09  
Blogger Moss said...

my mother insists on surrounding greeting card sentiments with the same multitude of "quote marks", despite my assurance that it makes her sound insincere

21 April 2008 22:24  
Blogger Jason said...

"BY THE TIME" people "FINISH READING THAT" they'll have "BURNED TO A CRISP."

21 April 2008 23:31  
Blogger Mantolwen said...

The "problem" is, when I "read" quote marks, I "slow down". So it takes "ten times" as long to read as "without" them.

22 April 2008 09:21  
Blogger Laura K said...

Don't forget to check out Mike's photo of the other sign posted in the same stairwell. These people are nothing if not consistent.

23 April 2008 14:56  
Blogger Jason said...

I would be willing to donate some red sharpies to Mike and anyone else who frequents that building. O:-)

23 April 2008 15:00  
Anonymous rpmason said...

Let me see if I can translate this correctly. When there's a fire, I'm not supposed to use this exit. If I do, I cannot go to any other floors and I can only leave the building from the ground floor. Hmmm, if there�s a fire, I'd rather not leave the building from the 4th floor.

24 April 2008 18:17  
Blogger rachel said...

When I was in college, there was an administrative assistant who did the same heinous thing. Admittedly, it did provide ample entertainment at times, such as my favorite email, announcing a "DEPARTMENT PARTY" and asking those who wanted to attend to please bring a "SNACK"...

30 April 2008 16:34  
Blogger Gez said...

I like the idea of a "SNACK". That's like a red rag to a bull for a fat lad. Could a full leg of ham be considered a "snack"?

30 April 2008 17:07  

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