Writing is a bit like alchemy. You take a bunch of separate elements—like grammar, style, flow, passion, creativity, story, characters, twists, and turns—and you mix them together to get the result that you want. Sometimes, your experiments pay off and you communicate your innermost ideas to your readers. Other times, you mess up and accidentally write hilarious things without meaning to.

And, boy, do people make funny blunders often! It usually has something to do with a lack of understanding of how things like the elements of punctuation work. For example, some individuals find it hard to grasp how quotation marks should be used. And when they mess up, we’re left with suspiciously-sounding sentences and unintended double entendres.

We collected some of the best such examples from the ‘“Suspiciously” Used Quotation Marks’ subreddit, so scroll down, enjoy, check out our interview with one of the community's managers, and upvote your fave sentences. Be sure to let us know which ones made you laugh the hardest!

#1

Very "Useful" Tutorial

Very "Useful" Tutorial

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Rowlie
Community Member
1 year ago

"Spice up" any Facebook comment with random quotation marks

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#2

Oh No, Timmy

Oh No, Timmy

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Mooncut
Community Member
1 year ago

That kid has seen some scarring things

LuckyL
Community Member
1 year ago

and probably will see more judging by the look of "officer" Sandusky

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Marky Mark
Community Member
1 year ago

I think thats Officer Jerry Sandusky, the former coach of the Penn State Football team...

Jennifer Cassada
Community Member
1 year ago

Yeah..that's the joke. It says Penn State Press on the left.

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Full Name
Community Member
1 year ago

If you zoom in on his badge is says NAMBLA

Logan Scaggs
Community Member
1 year ago (edited)

@FullName I'm at school and I just looked up NAMBLA and I'm pretty sure I just got flagged by the school's administration and the government/ FBI

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Soupcat
Community Member
1 year ago

That "Officer" diving a lime green coupe, makes me think Timmy might not make it to the end of this book. Also did anyone else notice "Penn state press" on the upper left...

Master Markus
Community Member
1 year ago

I get the impression that this might be edited...

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Michelle Dodson
Community Member
1 year ago

Run, Timmy, Run!

Lisa loves cats
Community Member
1 year ago

Timmy get out TIMMY

Becca Gizmo the Squirrel
Community Member
1 year ago (edited)

Why are they on a road trip and why is he looking at poor Timmy like that??

Alice Laughs
Community Member
1 year ago

Hey! Hey Sandusky! Eyes on the road!

Panda Kicki
Community Member
1 year ago

And the era of no seatbelts..

A. Sherlocat
Community Member
1 year ago

Holy crap - you're right!!! :O

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Jo Choto
Community Member
1 year ago

Amber alert!

Ayasophya Alturas
Community Member
1 year ago

the way "officer" sandusky is looking at timmy...

Harry Grapke
Community Member
1 year ago (edited)

As another user pointed out, this isn't a real children's book. It might be sort of humorous if the actual book existed with that inappropriate use of quotes and this imagery and title, but given the fact that someone created it in photoshop (original title is Peter Pat and the Policeman) it's more disturbing than amusing. Also dishonest. It just feels like a cheap shot at making a sick joke about molesting kids and tying in the Penn State scandal. I didn't laugh.

Kathy Baylis
Community Member
1 year ago

So wrong, on so many levels.

Layla Corman
Community Member
1 year ago

Seeing this is from Penn State Press, and Jerry Sandusky was a pedo, this makes a lot of sense!

Dave P
Community Member
1 year ago

Would his first name be Jerry

Lori
Community Member
1 year ago

hahaha....I had this book as a kid, AKA "Peter Pat & the Policeman".

Jo Ellen Washburn
Community Member
1 year ago

From Penn State Press, no less.

Sue Sanders
Community Member
1 year ago

So he isn't a real "officer."

Suz-Anne SEUSS
Community Member
1 year ago

Sandusky?? Someone was clairvoyant??

Jyri Hakola
Community Member
1 year ago

Photoshopped. This is the original cover: https://www.ebay.com/itm/Peter-Pat-and-the-Policeman-A-Rand-McNally-Junior-Elf-Book-Hardcover-1962-/113874210866

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Cathryn Cade
Community Member
1 year ago

Along with the 'officer's' look, that is just creepy

Aaron Massey
Community Member
1 year ago

OH Man I think my comment didn't go or got deleted> You do know that Timmy became Tim "The Tool Man" Taylor. ! This is probably why

Sarah Ngakaari Hammond
Community Member
1 year ago

What does Tim Allen's character have to do with this? 🤔

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Julien
Community Member
1 year ago

Do you like gladiator movies, Timmy?

Iris Wolfie (づ ◕‿◕ )づ
Community Member
4 months ago

"Hehe, yeah, Timmy... don't talk at all..."

Boop
Community Member
9 months ago

Oh NO

Rita Saul
Community Member
9 months ago

That’s ok as is except no exclamation mark.

Ace
Community Member
10 months ago

That look on the "officer"...

Charlee Morris
Community Member
1 year ago

Run Timmy. RUUUUUUUUNNNNNNNNN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

blue fire
Community Member
1 year ago

his eyes tho

EeveeCatStudios YT
Community Member
1 year ago

I dont trust that guy

Glowdaddy
Community Member
1 year ago

When I read Sandusky this came to mind: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Penn_State_child_sex_abuse_scandal

Kai Wendorf
Community Member
1 year ago

Uh oh...

Somyojit Nath
Community Member
1 year ago

A Rand McNally "Junior" Elf Book

Carmen Honacker
Community Member
1 year ago

I can't stop laughing about this one!

Giacomo Medici
Community Member
1 year ago

the officer's dodgy "eyes"..

Sarah Ngakaari Hammond
Community Member
1 year ago

Quick Timmy, get out before he locks the doors!

Bill Taylor
Community Member
1 year ago

Rumor has it that Officer Sandusky also sells candy out of his "patrol car"...

Grace Note
Community Member
1 year ago

"Officer" Sandusky's face is "suspicious".

Brice Showell
Community Member
1 year ago

Puts status as officer in doubt.

Fay Ratta
Community Member
1 year ago

Penn State press LOL

Laura Crawley
Community Member
1 year ago

Pervert written all over this “cover”. Need to shower now

DBLori
Community Member
1 year ago

Did Jerry have a former career before becoming a football coach? aaaah!

Eric Forster
Community Member
1 year ago

At the next stoplight, run away from "Officer" Sandusky. Run as fast as you can. Run Timmy, run.

Robin Yamaguchi
Community Member
1 year ago

Watch out for fake policemen kiddo

Barbara Stewart
Community Member
1 year ago

Creepy cop

A. Sherlocat
Community Member
1 year ago

Creepy "cop".

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Kelly Hartle
Community Member
1 year ago

Even scarier if he’s near Ohio State.

A. Sherlocat
Community Member
1 year ago

Why?

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ispeak catanese
Community Member
1 year ago

That kid has the "oil" eyes from The x-Files.

Little Queenie
Community Member
1 year ago

"cum get drunk wif meh and de bois liddle wun'

Little Queenie
Community Member
1 year ago

and the look on the "officer"s face

Otaku panda
Community Member
1 year ago

Poor, poor timmy

LoL.alpaca
Community Member
1 year ago

lolllllllll Whats he the ¨officer¨ of then

Erika Leon
Community Member
1 year ago

That's creep, haha!

Dan Beck
Community Member
1 year ago

As long as the "officer" had candy, it's fine.

A Water Bottle
Community Member
1 year ago

Why hello childen

Danielle Renee
Community Member
1 year ago

and it's sandusky...yikes!

Night Owl
Community Member
1 year ago

Poor kid. I hope a real officer rescues him

jamie1707
Community Member
1 year ago

Am I the only one who thinks this is highly inappropriate? Sanduski is a raging pedophile, who was sheltered by assholes at PSU for years and years. Lets not give him any ink.

Geoffrey Holland
Community Member
1 year ago

He's taking him to Penn State.

Donna Reynolds
Community Member
1 year ago

Oooooo boy. This won’t end well.

Gregg Emerson
Community Member
1 year ago

Is that cop a priest also?

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Lucy O'Farrell
Community Member
1 year ago

Poor Timmy 🤣

Cordelia
Community Member
1 year ago

Looks more like a chauffer...

Yugan Talovich
Community Member
1 year ago

You wanna play "football," Timmy?

Loretta
Community Member
1 year ago

What were they thinking??? I'm really curious how can anybody interpret this NOT wrong.

Aaron Massey
Community Member
1 year ago

Well I guess Timmy did become Tim "The Tool Man" Taylor...

Teddy Szubski
Community Member
1 year ago

I personally think that they should've not added the quotation marks because it could be a happy story, all jokes aside

Lisa
Community Member
1 year ago

ah Mystic River

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#3

Starbucks Is Offering Everything These Days

Starbucks Is Offering Everything These Days

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Full Name
Community Member
1 year ago

Gotta supplement that barista income somehow.

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Bored Panda spoke with Searchlights, one of the moderators for the '"Suspiciously" Used Quotation Marks' community on Reddit. We wanted to find out more about the subreddit, as well as why people misuse quotation marks.

"Misused quotation marks are something I've often noticed in daily life, and after seeing some caught-in-the-wild examples posted to subreddits like r/funny I got to thinking that it's an example of absurdity that is prevalent enough to have its own subreddit," Searchlights said about the founding of the community. "The challenges I've had in growing the subreddit has largely been a matter of time. The sub gains 10 to 15 subscribers per day organically, but on days when a post makes the front page I'll see an influx of hundreds or thousands of new subscribers. That usually happens a half a dozen times a year."

"The persistent problem with the subreddit is quality control. There are a lot of submissions that are redundant or that people just don't find to be funny."

#4

I Feel So Sorry For That Actor

I Feel So Sorry For That Actor

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Rowlie
Community Member
1 year ago

This is not only a spoiler alert

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#5

A "Loving Tribute"

A "Loving Tribute"

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Rowlie
Community Member
1 year ago

That went south

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#6

This Is What I Think Of Your So-Called Allergy

This Is What I Think Of Your So-Called Allergy

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Panda Kicki
Community Member
1 year ago (edited)

They probably actually get customers with "allergies".. "No, I am allegic to xx but I will just have it for dessert" After staff prepper all food at a separate table.

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Bored Panda was interested to figure out why so many people find it hard to grasp how quotation marks should be used. Here's what Searchlights had to say: "I tend to think it's related to the challenge of finding nuance and tone in text. People want to emphasize a word, and for whatever reason they think putting it in quotations gets them there."

"Generally, the use of quotation marks (when they're not an actual quotation) carries a connotation of sarcasm, or of a tongue-in-cheek admission that the thing in quotes isn't actually what it's said to be. That's what has the effect of making the statement suspicious," they explained. "My favorite examples usually come from the food service industry. There's something alarming about chicken being written dubiously as "chicken" (what is it, really?)"

#7

My Husband Was Given This Notepad At His New Job. Most Discouraging Use Of Quotation Marks

My Husband Was Given This Notepad At His New Job. Most Discouraging Use Of Quotation Marks

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Gin
Community Member
1 year ago

And it's Comic Sans

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#8

Suspicious Church

Suspicious Church

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Clinton Yew
Community Member
1 year ago

So if I don't park there they will "baptized" me?

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#9

That Is Unsettling

That Is Unsettling

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chi-wei shen
Community Member
1 year ago

Companies doing their work "honestly" are way too common.

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According to the Macmillan Dictionary Blog, there are some very good reasons why people misuse quotes. Usually, quotation marks (aka inverted commas) are used for quotations (wow, what a shocker!), to denote the title of a book or movie or some unfamiliar words.

What’s more, we use quotation marks to show that we’re using a word with irony or to demonstrate our skepticism. After all, if you call someone a writer in your article, it’s a compliment; on the other hand, calling them a “writer” would be an insult! The Oxford Manual of Style calls these ‘scare quotes’ and explains that writers use them to distance themselves from the words in question.

#10

You Might Want To Clarify Your Acronym A Bit

You Might Want To Clarify Your Acronym A Bit

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Rowlie
Community Member
1 year ago

Only for kids with bad grades maybe?

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#11

So Many Questions

So Many Questions

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Full Name
Community Member
1 year ago

Is this real'?

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#12

I Don't Think I've Ever Been More Intimidated By A Piece Of Mail

I Don't Think I've Ever Been More Intimidated By A Piece Of Mail

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Cordelia
Community Member
1 year ago (edited)

So what was in the envelope??? 👀👀👀👀

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Now, here’s the (geeky) fun part: whereas some people stress a certain word by bolding it, underlining it or writing it in italics, certain individuals do this by putting quotation marks around them. And that’s wrong. Because most other people know that using inverted commas this way opens up the door to hidden meanings, sarcasm, and moral judgments.

But quotation marks aren’t the only abused part of punctuation. Commas have it hard, too, you guys. In fact, they get so upset when they get ignored that they completely change the meanings of some sentences out of revenge.

Look at the sentence “Let’s go get a little Italian, baby,” courtesy of Your Dictionary. It’s clear that the speaker’s suggesting to their partner that they should go out for Italian food. But! Remove the comma and the sentence changes! Now, the speaker’s suggesting to their partner that they go find a small child from Italy. Whoops!

#13

Don't Know How I Feel About This "Plastic Surgeon"

Don't Know How I Feel About This "Plastic Surgeon"

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Full Name
Community Member
1 year ago

As opposed to imaginary?

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#14

I Don't Know If I Want To Visit This So-Called "Church" Of Yours

I Don't Know If I Want To Visit This So-Called "Church" Of Yours

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Diane Brock
Community Member
1 year ago

This made me LOL, literally! "Literally?" ...

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#15

Suspicious Quotes

Suspicious Quotes

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Dynein
Community Member
1 year ago

Sounds like not wearing one and dying might be the preferable option...

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So remember, Pandas, write Fresh Fish instead of “Fresh” Fish and I Love That Dress, Sweetheart instead of I “Love” That Dress, Sweetheart. Unless you want to lose customers or get into an argument with your spouse, that is. And remember to put commas where they’re supposed to go.

#16

Sir This Is The "Police"

Sir This Is The "Police"

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Rowlie
Community Member
1 year ago

Said no one, ever

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#17

Should I Doubt The Safety Of My Holidays?

Should I Doubt The Safety Of My Holidays?

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Rowlie
Community Member
1 year ago

Your family of four may become family of three- they warned You

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#18

"Sober"

"Sober"

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WilvanderHeijden
Community Member
1 year ago

"Sober" as in I manage to stay just below the legal limit for drunk driving.

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#19

"Befriended"

"Befriended"

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mummy pig
Community Member
1 year ago

Even the skull is winking:D

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#20

I'd Rather Not Touch The 'Rock', Thanks

I'd Rather Not Touch The 'Rock', Thanks

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chi-wei shen
Community Member
1 year ago

I don't want to know what they mean with the 'cave'.

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#21

I Also "Love" My Job

I Also "Love" My Job

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Rowlie
Community Member
1 year ago

Don't we all?

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#22

Rightfully Suspicious Quotes

Rightfully Suspicious Quotes

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Aaron W
Community Member
1 year ago

In this case the marks are actually used correctly.

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#23

Stop Mom! Free "Face Painting"

Stop Mom! Free "Face Painting"

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St. John
Community Member
1 year ago

For mom, not for children...

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#24

I Always Buy My "Candy" At My Local Bowling Alley

I Always Buy My "Candy" At My Local Bowling Alley

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Full Name
Community Member
1 year ago

That sign needs to be on an unmarked van.

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#25

Uh, What Kinda Teacher Again?

Uh, What Kinda Teacher Again?

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Lipp
Community Member
1 year ago

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looking for a Xylophone player

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#26

"Nothing" In Car

"Nothing" In Car

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Cordelia
Community Member
1 year ago

Noting means something

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#27

Of Course. I Mean, What Else Would You Even Put In There

Of Course. I Mean, What Else Would You Even Put In There

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ADHORTATOR
Community Member
1 year ago

sure...

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#28

Uhm?

Uhm?

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Monika Soffronow
Community Member
1 year ago

Well, that is reassuring. At least the doctor can see.

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#29

Yours? Hmm

Yours? Hmm

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Lucy O'Farrell
Community Member
1 year ago

The censorship makes it doubly suspicious 😂

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#30

Hate It When You "Accidental" Salmon

Hate It When You "Accidental" Salmon

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Rowlie
Community Member
1 year ago

What was the original dish supposed to be?

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#31

Mom, Are You Proud Or Not?

Mom, Are You Proud Or Not?

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Rowlie
Community Member
1 year ago

At least she came

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#32

Yes, Officer, I'm "21"

Yes, Officer, I'm "21"

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Becca Gizmo the Squirrel
Community Member
1 year ago

So forget you if you are 22

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#33

"If" You Catch My Drift

"If" You Catch My Drift

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Aaron W
Community Member
1 year ago

wink, wink.

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#34

It's Written On Police Cars

It's Written On Police Cars

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Full Name
Community Member
1 year ago

In comic sans, no less.

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#35

"Specialized In Various Specialties"

"Specialized In Various Specialties"

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Full Name
Community Member
1 year ago

Internal? I like this guy. I'm so sick of all that external medicine I've been getting.

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#36

Mechanic Wanted

Mechanic Wanted

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Lucy O'Farrell
Community Member
1 year ago

Oh dear

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#37

When Looking Up What McNuggets Are Made Of

When Looking Up What McNuggets Are Made Of

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Cordelia
Community Member
1 year ago

Looks like old oatmeal mixed with tuna with a side of strawberry ice cream...

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#38

Found This At A Secondhand

Found This At A Secondhand

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Lou Lopez
Community Member
1 year ago

What... is even happening with this thing?! It looks like it came from Engrish.com or something. My favorite part is the ominously bold font for "LAUGHTER."

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#39

A What Now

A What Now

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Roger Haywood
Community Member
1 year ago

Meaning the colour of the pick-up.

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#40

Just Seen In A Microsoft Presentation. Yeah, It Sure Is

Just Seen In A Microsoft Presentation. Yeah, It Sure Is

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Dorothy Parker
Community Member
1 year ago

According to a niece who has risen in the ranks, it's a great place to wok.

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