David recently posted a sign showing misused quotation marks, which reminded me of one of my favorite sites: The Gallery Of "Misused" Quotation Marks! They feature "Current" Exhibits and a Permanent "Collection", each of which is filled with awesomely "misused" quotation marks. Some samples:
Sign outside a restaurant in Fort Myers, Florida: The "Fish" Monger A brochure for an Estee Lauder self tanning product claims that: in about an hour, your skin will turn a natural, healthy looking "tan." Sign in restaurant in Jacksboro, TN lists the vegetables of the day: Corn, fried potatoes, "peas" and green beans. (They also list cottage cheese and macaroni and cheese as vegetables.) I got this "auto"-reply e-mail from Bizrate.com: Just responding to let you know that a "human" reads each and every comment to BizRate.com! Great! I feel much "better" knowing that.
Do you have a favorite story of "misused" quotation marks?