I’m certain this has likely been discussed before, but for some reason every time I try to search the archives today, I get an error message. So here it is.
I actually do a bit about this in my standup set, because it makes me so irate.
When I go to my local grocery store, there are signs on some of the cash registers that say:
"ANOTHER CASHIER WOULD BE PLEASED TO ASSIST YOU" .
Why is that in quotation marks?
I see similar signs all over the place. For example, check this one out from foundmagazine (SFW).
Quotation marks are not the correct way to place “emphasis” on a “word”. What they do is cause me to think that the word you are using is a euphamism for something dirty, or the phrase you are quoting was said by someone published and/or famous. For example:
"ANOTHER CAHIER WOULD BE PLEASED TO ASSIST YOU."
What the beans? Why do people do this? Where would someone learn that this is how things are supposed to be done?