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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!

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 Win “the new” iPod shuffle

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.

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Japanese sliced bread with curry kare pan close-up on the table. Horizontal top view from aboveAS Food studio/Shutterstock

Curry Doughnuts “Always Fresh”

It seems fresh doughnuts aren’t a guarantee at this shop.

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Paper towel dispenser on the wall in the bathroomVoyagerix/Shutterstock

“Do not” put brown hand towels in the toilet, they will not flush

Is this a suggestion? Because plumbing problems are no joke, sir.

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Washing dirty glasses with detergent and waterKamira/Shutterstock

Please place your empty glasses “here”

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.

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fresh kiwi fruit as backgroundNitr/Shutterstock

100 percent fruit “no sugar added”

Something about those quotation marks makes us think you’re lying.

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Closeup headlights of car leftTawat onkaew/Shutterstock

The only one price dealer in Los Angeles; “No hassle”; Ultimate transparency

The use of quotation marks in this car dealership advertisement is anything but transparent.

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Interior of the vehicle speedometer panel and steering wheel with focus on some partsDaniel Myjones/Shutterstock

Good luck with “learning to drive”

This is in the foreword of a driving theory book.

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Cooked bacon rashers on parchmentAfrica Studio/Shutterstock

“We have” turkey bacon

But do you really? These are the grammar myths your English teacher lied to you about.

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Philly cheese steak sandwich served on parchment paper close-up on the table. Horizontal top view from aboveAS Food studio/Shutterstock

Philly’s all new cold hoagies: “real” ham, turkey, and roast beef

Sounds appetizing, but we’ll pass.

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Window cleaner working on a glass facade in a gondolaLevent Konuk/Shutterstock

Men working above, “dangerous”

Is it a life-or-death job or just your average nine-to-five?

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Please “do not” use staples for posting

Please, don’t use quotation marks for emphasis. Here are hilarious newspaper typos you won’t believer were printed.

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Coins and notes of The United States of America (U.S.A.) heaped together. A closeup view.Victor Wong/Shutterstock

Please “pay” for these products at the counter

Again, these quotes make us think paying is just a suggestion.

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Tasty rustic bread on wooden tablekikovic/Shutterstock

Treat your “family” to something “fresh baked!”

This sentence sounds like an April fool’s joke. For example, instead of creme between sandwich cookies, there’s toothpaste.

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A group of ripe peaches in a bowlPNPImages/Shutterstock

“California” peaches, plums, or nectarines

There is nothing more enticing than a “California” peach.

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Modern style door handle on natural wooden doorVadym Zaitsev/Shutterstock

Close the door completely. We have “milk” and “dish washing liquid” stolen every “fortnight.”

Next, check out these funny signs that don’t know how to “use” quotation marks.


Emily DiNuzzo
Emily DiNuzzo is an associate editor at The Healthy and a former assistant staff writer at Reader's Digest. Her work has appeared online at the Food Network and Well + Good and in print at Westchester Magazine, and more. When she's not writing about food and health with a cuppa by her side, you can find her lifting heavy things at the gym, listening to murder mystery podcasts, and liking one too many astrology memes.

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