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The Book of “Unnecessary” Quotation Marks

Bethany Keeley (Chronicle Books)

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Be they glaringly misspelled words, foreign language translations gone wrong or the glaringly obvious punctuation errors, we as an English culture seem to enjoy poking fun at what is usually the consequence of being educationally or linguistically disadvantaged. In the sphere of books (or blogs) devoted to pointing these out---quotation marks gone awry are perhaps inherently pretty low on the laugh-o-meter. But this small book does go the distance trying to smack your funny bone. And it has some charmers---like the signs blaring “No” Parking or “Jesus” is Coming. But The Book of “Unnecessary” Quotation Marks could have been more amusing if Athens, GA, author and blogger Bethany Keeley had left out the comments, which although meant to be funny come off as, at best, uninteresting, if not---in the case of the roofie comment that accompanies the Valentine’s Day drink sign---just plain offensive.

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