Grammar Friday

Today’s two grammar tips:

  • Don’t use quotation marks in an effort to emphasize a word. Underline or boldface the word instead. Suppose you see a sign that says: “Free” Coffee Today. It makes you think there’s a catch, right? For some hilarious examples, visit The “Blog” of “Unnecessary” Quotation Marks.
  •  I recently saw someone write that a controversy was “much adieu about nothing.” The word he wanted was “ado,” which means fuss, trouble or bother. “Adieu” is a French word for “farewell.”

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7 Responses to Grammar Friday

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  2. Alex C says:

    Thanks for that Peter. It always cracks me up when quotation marks are “misused.”

    In a world of a thousand of fonts and colors, I’m still amazed at how the simple quotation mark is the punctuation mark for emphasis.

    Have a great weekend!

  3. Alex C says:

    By the way, I often see segway in lieu of segue. While a segway is a smooth ride, it’s not really a smooth transition.

  4. Pam Baggett says:

    I agree about the misuse of “quotation” marks. But I suggest underlining is not appropriate, either. In our online world, if a word is underlined, the reader expects it to be a link.

    • Peter Faur says:

      Good point, Pam. I was thinking about signs and other written materials when I wrote that. Good old boldface works fine for emphasis online. OR MANY PEOPLE RESORT TO ALL CAPS. (Bad choice!)

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