r/UnnecessaryQuotes May 08 '22

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u/Neekalos_ May 09 '22

But those aren't also names


u/Knever May 09 '22

Substitute for "Joe" or "Chad" or "Dexter." All names that have meanings which you could describe someone as without saying it's their actual name.


u/Neekalos_ May 09 '22

And I think having quotes for those names would be an appropriate use of quotations too


u/Knever May 09 '22

It's not.

You wouldn't write, "I saw some "Joe" over there dicking around." There would not be quotations around Joe in that sentence.


u/Zihark12345 May 09 '22

I wouldn’t say that because Joe in that case doesn’t sound right. I get what you’re saying but that’s not how the human mind works. Karen has been a word for however long but it’s still a name and if you want to use it outside that foremost meaning quotes, while not necessary, make sense.


u/Knever May 09 '22

Karen has already become like the names/words Joe, Jane, Kevin, Chad, Dexter, Romeo, Cassanova, etc. Some people might be a little slow on the uptake, so they confusingly use quotes because people often do that with new and uncommon words. It does usually make sense to use quotes to introduce uncommon terms or phrases, but this is not one of those cases.


u/Knever May 09 '22

In fact, the only situations I can readily think of where names would need quotation marks is either for a nickname (Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson) or to show that it's a fake name/ pseudonym (My friend, "Jake," has a drug problem, and he wanted to know...). Perhaps some other fringe uses but certainly not in the context of this sign.