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The "Blog" of "Unnecessary" Quotation Marks

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The "Blog" of "Unnecessary" Quotation Marks
Web address
Slogan Misinterpreting bad punctuation since 2005
Type of site
Registration none
Available in English
Created by Bethany Keeley
Launched July 1, 2005
Alexa rank

The "Blog" of "Unnecessary" Quotation Marks is a blog about the misuse of English quotation marks. The blog features photographs of signs, notes and advertisements that misuse quotation marks, usually intended as emphasis. Most photographs are reader submissions, curated and commented on by blog author Bethany Keeley-Jonker, who generally intentionally misinterprets the depicted sign..[1]

The blog was started in 2005, and after being featured on Yahoo! became an Internet phenomenon.[2]


The theme of the blog has become an Internet meme. On occasion, some businesses will correct their signs after being featured on the blog.[3] In May 2008, Blogger removed unnecessary quotation marks from a cancel button on the service's delete page.[4]

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A related book was published by Chronicle Books in July 2010. The book is titled The Book of "Unnecessary" Quotation Marks.

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  1. ^ "Bethany Keeley's Blogger profile". 
  2. ^ Noveck, Jocelyn (2007-09-01). "Blogger "exposes" Annoying Quote Abuse". The Washington Post (Washington, D.C.: The Washington Post Company). Retrieved 2008-06-26. 
  3. ^ Keeley, Bethany (2008-03-18). "influence". The "Blog" of "Unnecessary" Quotation Marks. Retrieved 2010-01-18. 
  4. ^ Blogger (2008-05-09). "Updates and Bug Fixes for May 9th". Blogger Buzz. Retrieved 2010-01-18. 

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