Is It Really Real?

One of the more bizarre punctuation errors has to be the use of quotation marks to emphasize a word. Yesterday I was standing in line at a store to return a piece of equipment that I had rented overnight. While I was waiting patiently, I noticed an advertisement this store had for its photo processing which emphasized the option of paying extra for a CD or floppy containing electronic versions of your photographs.

Maybe. Because the advertisement read something along the lines of,

Get “Real” Pictures on CD or Floppy

Which led me to wonder what exactly a “real” picture is. I’m not sure I want to spend the money to find out.

Not quite as bad as what happened to one of my friends who paid extra to have his and his wife’s wedding ring inscribed with some dopey saying like “Love is Forever.” The inscription came back,

Love is “forever”


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