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Quote? Unquote??

A birthday buddy of mine recently told me that she gets a chuckle out of the abundantly misused “quotation mark.” That reminded me of my lunch from Tuesday of this week. My Coworkers and I went to a Mongolian barbecue place near the office, and while standing before the raw ingredient buffet, we noticed that the meat labels were (quotation marks as found):

“CHICKEN”
“PORK”
“BEEF”

We couldn’t decide whether this was “just” “bad” “punctuation,” or some sort of shrewd disclaimer about the authenticity of their “meats.” (Needless to say, I went vegetarian for that meal.)

On a side note, my fortune after that meal was:

You will have great success in your career.

My boss, who was sitting right across from me, chuckled. What should I make of that?

9 Responses to “Quote? Unquote??” [Leave yours »]

  1. The Boss said:

    The truth folks… we all ate the “meat”, even Ron the “vegetarian”.

    As for the cookies, the only thing I can figure is that his must have been referring to the ‘In-Bed’ version of the fortune. My only evidence, though, is elsewhere on this blog.

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  2. Ron [author of post] said:

    now… what should I make of that? :D you wouldn’t be trying to get me in trouble with my father-in-law… would you? :-?

    p.s., i only ate the meat because KG told me it was tofu.

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  3. I’m never one to question the Mongolians on anything. I mean, one of these days, they’re going to realize that there’s a way around that big wall. Then we’re done for.

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  4. Ron [author of post] said:

    :))

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  5. The Birthday Buddy said:

    Reminds me of the paper-thin, light tan, bite sized appetizer served at Korean restaurants that I always assumed was tofu, but is actually some kind of fish. Which I will henceforth think of as “tofu”.

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  6. Ron [author of post] said:

    early in our dating career, sara and i went to Mesa Grill. i was in the middle of eating some dish (which was unmemorable except for what happened next), when she reached over, forked a sizeable hunk of smoked bacon, and put it in her mouth. it happened so fast; all i had time to do was gape. (since i know you’re curious… she spit the meat out ever so daintily.)

    no quotes were involved in that story whatsoever, but your comment reminded me of it.

    (btw, i’m glad you posted! this entry has now come full circle. :D)

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  7. Sara said:

    wait…you mean that wasn’t tofu???!

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  8. Ron [author of post] said:

    no; it was “tofu.”

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  9. […] The sad answer, my friends, is yes. It was American cheese. No, wait. Not cheese; it’s “cheese.” Not the real kind; it was the fake crap (Kraft™ Singles) that I used to eat when I was a kid. The kind that’s not even 100% dairy, but is made with vegetable oil. […]

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