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2/7/12

Suspicious "Air Quotes" Worry Me

Adventures in Estrogen

As a shout out to Lady E's "Write whatever I feel like" idea, I'm going to write about something that bothers me.

"Laaaaaaazorz..."
Air Quotes.  You know... "These."

I have a business in my town that uses the suspicious quotation marks over "Gentle Dentists."  It could be worse... they could be "Gentle" Dentists, but it's still a pretty bad usage of quotation marks.

Another popular one is on donation areas saying your donations are going to "Kids" overseas...

A quick internet search shows the misuse of "quotes" in abundance.  They're probably more often misused than anything...

Here are a few of my favorites.  Enjoy.


It's really a puma, but we named it Fido... 

I named my compelling urge for booze "Haiti..."

In other words, run the sink for 6 seconds and wipe hands on pants.

Wait... no... this may be good...  Who has $100 they can loan me??

I needed this sign in my college dorm...

No socks, no "service?"

This... yeah, this is pretty accurate.
Do you have any favorites?  Describe them in the comments section.  Thank you for your "time!"
Please Share it! :)

27 witty retorts:

A Daft Scots Lass said...

Service with a "Smile"

Lady Estrogen said...

That's awesome! Thanks for linking up. I must admit, I do love and will always do that air quote "LASER".

Also? Did I also spot some All caps Papyrus on that yoga book? It's hard to tell, but I'm thinking yes.

Matthew MacNish said...

This "post" was pretty funny.

Pickleope said...

Thai massage "happy" ending.
It's hard to guarantee happiness at the end when you're filled with shame and a bit sticky.

Bart said...

heh "cheese" burgers sound delicious right about now.

Haven said...

Can't stop giggling to comment properly. Back later when sanity returns.

According to Jewels said...

I am dying laughing..."It's really a puma but we named it Fido." haha. These were great. I haven't noticed these kinds of signs before but you can bet I will now! lol.

Alex D. said...

This is "almost" as "bad" as when "people" say "anyways" instead of anyway.

Hey Monkey Butt said...

Alex D I do that all the time. LOLZ. My mom does those all of the time. Its annoying sometimes, but ya get use to it! Now just wait I'm going to see them all over the place! lolz...

Mrs. Small Soldier said...

My seven year old picked up air quotes somehow and now uses them for everything. It makes me laugh.

Wasn't there an episode of Friends where Chandler was trying to teach Joey the proper use of the " " ??

D4 said...

Are you kidding me? I've been blessed with not having seen these around, this would throw me off the edge. The type of thing 'd misuse at the age of 13, come on!

Random Girl said...

It must just be those "other people" that use inappropriate air quotes...

G said...

The second one reminded me of Dog the Bounty Hunter...like he's hiding behind the wall waiting to hall bail jumpers back to court

Thank, Q said...

"Meat service?" Can you explain that one? Is it a butcher shop or a bordello? And why is it in quotes? Is it fake meat like spam or something or a guy with a small penis? I'm confused.

Jira said...

I have a "co-worker" here in "Idaho" that uses the quotation marks at least once every conversation. We go out to "sushi" every now and then and sure enough she starts "quoting" herself on the emphasized words. Oh, yes... I do it myself but it's usually in a "look at me, I'm being overly expressive and need attention" sort of way. :)

Glad I stopped by...

Ellen Lloyd said...

Ahahaha wow, these were good! My favourite was the one requiring "socks."

A=Does anyone else here follow The "Blog" of "Unnecessary" Quotation Marks? They've been collecting these for years! Y'all should check it out. :)

Lost.in.Idaho said...

There's a BLOG for this stuff?

I
am
SOOOO there.

Magz Killgore said...

I "like" you.

On My Soapbox said...

That "cheese" burger one scares me. The quotes indicate to me that there is something that resembles cheese on the burger. It could be anything, even the individually-wrapped, uber-processed American cheese. If I'm paying for a cheeseburger, I want real cheese, dammit!

Tracie said...

Who would ever think of "air quotes?" I never noticed it before, but now I will be on an air quote hunt. Makes me think of Seinfeld for some reason...I think he used to do that.

InfinitePlans said...

Hahah I don't want to know what's on those "cheese" burgers.

Mynx said...

I have this image that "dog" is actually a heavily tattooed bike with anger issues.

WiseOldGuy said...

"Socks" are required and they may be purchased for $1.00 at the membership desk. Would anyone like to go grab me a pair?

Amy said...

Oddest one was at the massage parlor I saw that said No Shoes, No "Service." They were some strange, kinky ladies.

Michael said...

I've seen the NJ sign several times since I live here. To me, air quotes imply euphemisms. So I'd really appreciate it if they used cheese on my burger and not "cheese".

The Offended Blogger said...

This post is "hilarious". No, really. I nearly "peed" myself and I am totally "stealing" some of these for my "blog"!! :)

Wily Guy said...

Great post "if you know what I mean"

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