15 Times People Used Quotation Marks Wrong
Grammar can get confusing sometimes, even for native English speakers. Some people still don’t understand how you’re not supposed to use quotation marks!
Win “the new” iPod shufflecristo95/Shutterstock
Occasionally, quotation marks are used for emphasis—but this usage is often confusing, like in the above example. Full disclosure: we thought iPods were a moot point since the iPhone arrived on the scene. Here are funny spelling mistakes you won’t believe were actually printed.
Curry Doughnuts “Always Fresh”AS Food studio/Shutterstock
It seems fresh doughnuts aren’t a guarantee at this shop.
“Do not” put brown hand towels in the toilet, they will not flushVoyagerix/Shutterstock
Is this a suggestion? Because plumbing problems are no joke, sir.
Please place your empty glasses “here”Kamira/Shutterstock
Is this a trick or a test? Just tell me where my glass goes. Don’t miss these things you’ve been saying wrong the whole time.
100 percent fruit “no sugar added”Nitr/Shutterstock
Something about those quotation marks makes us think you’re lying.
The only one price dealer in Los Angeles; “No hassle”; Ultimate transparencyTawat onkaew/Shutterstock
The use of quotation marks in this car dealership advertisement is anything but transparent.
Good luck with “learning to drive”Daniel Myjones/Shutterstock
This is in the foreword of a driving theory book.
“We have” turkey baconAfrica Studio/Shutterstock
But do you really? These are the grammar myths your English teacher lied to you about.
Philly’s all new cold hoagies: “real” ham, turkey, and roast beefAS Food studio/Shutterstock
Sounds appetizing, but we’ll pass.
Men working above, “dangerous”Levent Konuk/Shutterstock
Is it a life-or-death job or just your average nine-to-five?
Please “do not” use staples for postingMikhail_Nau/Shutterstock
Please, don’t use quotation marks for emphasis. Here are hilarious newspaper typos you won’t believer were printed.
Please “pay” for these products at the counterVictor Wong/Shutterstock
Again, these quotes make us think paying is just a suggestion.
Treat your “family” to something “fresh baked!”kikovic/Shutterstock
This sentence sounds like an April fool’s joke. For example, instead of creme between sandwich cookies, there’s toothpaste.
“California” peaches, plums, or nectarinesPNPImages/Shutterstock
There is nothing more enticing than a “California” peach.
Close the door completely. We have “milk” and “dish washing liquid” stolen every “fortnight.”Vadym Zaitsev/Shutterstock
Next, check out these funny signs that don’t know how to “use” quotation marks.