Someone Needs to Teach This Church How to Use Quotation Marks…

Reader Brad spotted this unintentionally hilarious sign outside Rocky Hill Baptist Church in Knoxville, Tennessee:




You know, maybe I should change the headline to this post. That sign looks about right to me.

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  • allein

    Looks about right to me, too. I don’t know what the problem here is.

    Sometimes I wonder if whoever puts up some of these signs is doing it on purpose…a little subterfuge from a non-believer who feels obligated to stay…

    • Sunny Day

      When referred to as “scare quotes”, the quotation marks are suggested to
      imply skepticism or disagreement with the quoted terminology.

      • Sunny Day

        on 2nd thought, you prolly already knew that, and now I feel silly.

        oh well.

        • allein

          Haha, maybe I should have included a ” ;)

    • Stealth Avenue

      I saw one locally that said, “God is at his strongest when we are at our weakest.”

      Uhh… did you guys actually think that one through to its logical conclusion before you posted it? No? That’s what I thought. lol

      • KeithCollyer

        I saw a board outside a church in Phoenix that said “Sun Worship” and thought that was very ecumenical of them

        • Anna

          One of the churches around here has a big sign that says “Summer Worship.” I always like to think of them worshipping the season, LOL.

  • Mick

    Shock quotes for “GOD”

    • Matt Eggler

      Shock Quotes for God – my new band name.

  • Rain

    Quote marks are actually quite often abused in signs and billboards. They are sometimes used for reasons that are completely mysterious and unknown! Known only the sign editor!

    • 3lemenope

      I see them erroneously used to indicate emphasis on billboards quite a bit. I suppose given that it’s pretty hard to make bold or italic type on your average billboard, it’s kinda understandable, even if it still looks ridiculous.

      • Rain

        Okay, makes sense. Never thought of it that way. Mystery solved!

      • Stealth Avenue

        I’d put the word in another color before I would blaspheme against the punctuation gods like that.

      • UWIR

        Don’t they have *asterisks*? I think that wiki may be encouraging this, by having their bold and italics be indicated through quote marks.

        • 3lemenope

          Most sets I’ve seen only have periods, commas, quotes, question marks, and exclamation points. A deluxe set at a hotel I worked at also had a slash/backslash; good for weddings.

  • Stealth Avenue

    Someone needs to tell them what quotation marks are actually for….

  • Jennifer T

    I thought that said “Goo makes the change”. Amazingly, they managed to come up with something that makes even LESS sense than that.

  • somaticstrength

    There’s a church where I used to live that has an ad that says: Where Families “Come Together.” With the quotation marks just like that.

  • TBJ

    In Tacoma, WA we used to have a big neon sign, near I-5 and SR16, that read “Jesus is the answer.” Everyone I ever met, that knew about this sign, repeated the same question I always had, “WTF was the question?”

    • The Other Weirdo

      The answer and the question can never be known in the same universe at the same. Should that ever come to pass, Christianity would instantly disappear and be replaced with another religion even more bizarre and inexplicable. There is a theory that this already happened.

      • David Kopp

        What is six multiplied by nine?

        • The Other Weirdo


  • sane37

    They’ve used the quotation marks correctly in this case.

  • BeasKnees

    Hahaha. Nice.

  • BenFromCA

    Change the title of the post to “One church finally gets it right”!