I love how Twitter's grammar police fight punctuation crimes the world over. @theollymann tweeted about a sign he saw on the crocodile cage at the Miami Seaquarium.
Where does the Miami Seaquarium go wrong? These quotation marks add uncertainty where there should be none.
- Quotation marks signal ambiguity, causing the reader to believe that there is a hidden meaning. Those crocodiles aren't really "dangerous." Those "big teeth" look harmless enough.
- If you mean what you say, don't use quotation marks. Using misguided quotation marks will make you the brunt of jokes behind your back, and nobody wants that.
- For your safety, please do not extend arms or legs into exhibit area