Post # 1
So I have had several back and forth email with my family about the wedding (obviously). Whenever they use the phrase only wedding….they ALWAYS use quotes (ex. since this will be your “only wedding”). Did I miss something? Doesn’t quotes usually signify sarcasm? I asked my mom and she said she uses it to stress this is the only wedding she will pay for. Well I certaintly hope so, but I think she is using the quotes wrong. Does anyone else have little peeves the family does that you don’t understand?
Post # 3
haha, is this in typed correspondence, or is it like… the air quote with your hands when speaking?
Text – I would just explain to her that “” is usually interpreted as a direct quote someone else said that you don’t believe, and that if she’s just meaning to emphasize that this WILL be your only wedding on her dime, perhaps capitalization would get her point across better.
air quotes – these things kill me because people do it all the time inappropriately. Just tell her it’s a thing that’s again usually used when mocking something, and you’re very serious that this will be your only wedding, not your “only” wedding.
Post # 4
uh, what? I would be confused too!
I would probably ask about it, jokingly, such as “wait, are you assuming this won’t be the only one? hahahah” and see how they respond.
In terms of pet peeves, my personal annoyance is that with every RSVP that comes in, my mom demands to know who they are. Um, the couple has my FI’s last name…pretty safe to assume they’re family!
Post # 5
@Sapphire: Both air quotes and email! I brought it up that it usually implies sarcasm and she’s like “I’m a college professor, I think I know how the kids use quotes these days.” That cracked me up, so I just laugh about it now. 🙂
@Treble: That would get annoying! I’m glad my mom hasn’t been that bad about the RSVPs. The only thing she said to me was “You didn’t invite your ex’s, right?” Uh…why would I?!?!
Post # 6
I am sure she is not trying to upset you- she may just not understand typing on a txt or computer
Post # 7
“I’m a college professor, I think I know how the kids use quotes”
No offense, but I hope she isn’t teach English cause she is definitely using quotations incorrectly.
Direct her to the blog of unnecessary quotes: http://www.unnecessaryquotes.com/ or to this one: http://www.bunsnip.com/2008/02/egregious-misuse-of-quotation-marks.html which actually explains the use of quotations.
I would just keep insisting that she is being insulting until she stops, but that’s cause it would drive me batty!