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The Book of Unnecessary Quotation Marks: A…

The Book of "Unnecessary" Quotation Marks: A Celebration of Creative… (2010)

by Bethany Keeley

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  JohnCouke | Jul 20, 2012 |
The Book of “Unnecessary” Quotation Marks is a collection of photos and one-liner captions pulled from Bethany Keeley's “Blog” of “Unnecessary” Quotation Marks. It’s about the mark having been appropriated beyond punctuation (to designate a title or what someone said/wrote) now to a “tchotchke” that draws emphasis or denotes sarcasm along the lines of finger “air quotes.”

It’s a nicely produced little book and the couple-hundred examples feel about the right length. The concept is fun, the content is less funny or clever than I’d anticipated, but flipping through a library copy was a pleasant way to spend an hour. ( )
  DetailMuse | Oct 7, 2010 |
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From the sarcastic to the suggestive, here are quotation marks as we love them best, doing horrible damage to the English language. Who wouldn't have second thoughts about ordering the "hamburger" on the diner's menu? Would it be best to skip the "blowout" sale at the department store? What hidden price must be paid for something marked "free"? Assembled by the creator of the wildly popular "Blog" of "Unnecessary" Quotation Marks, this book surveys the havoc wreaked by quotation marks on signs, menus, placards, and posters that leave reality upended by supposed "facts." This smarty-pants guide is "perfect" for desperate grammarians, habitual air quoters, and anyone who appreciates a good laugh.

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Pictures and explanations of quotation marks in mostly improper use and what they might mean.

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