Superfluous Quotation Marks

I’ll spare the expository grammar lesson, in favor of a snarky admission: I’m amused when I see a flagrant misuse of quotation marks. Here are two examples. I may add more as I see them in the world. Mostly to entertain myself. Not too many people collect superfluous quotation marks. It’s a good recession-resistant industry.


Some restaurants prefer to emblazon on their menus the warm, friendly and trite statement “Quality and service is our motto!”. In the following photo, from a Korean BBQ in LA’s Koreatown, the proprietors have diverged from tradition in favor of the more stern corporate philosophy, “To Go Will Not Be Allowed.” The food, I must say, was delicious.



The next photo was taken at a Yoshinoya in North Hollywood. As I interpret the sign, you are supposed to use the transparent cups for “water”. You know. “Water.” With finger-quotes. Kinda like how bongs are [fingerquotes] “for tobacco use only.” Employees are willing to look the other way if you use the transparent cups for, say, Tropicana Fruit Punch on the left or Tropicana Pink Lemonade on the right.



Re-affirming my belief that looking the other way on beverage theft is corporate policy at Yoshinoya, I found the same sign at a Yoshinoya in West LA. My reader Josephine razzes me about eating at Yoshinoya, but he is rather narrow-minded and irrationally snobbish.




[c] 2009 Russ of America


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  1. Nicks says:

    Oh shit, what if it’s NOT water and that’s why they used the quote marks?!

  2. The Main Man says:

    N: I hadn’t even THOUGHT of that.

    Maybe that’s why they sell pink lemonade instead of regular-colored lemonade — So they can tell the difference.

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