02 November 2015
My eye was first drawn to the unusual word "renoun" highlighted in the center of the page. It's a word that would have been familiar to readers of Middle English right after the Norman conquest, but it was replaced by "renown/renowned" about five centuries ago. (I had to check several references to make sure "Renoun" wasn't an extraordinarily subtle pun based on the name of the engraver or a person involved in the provenance of the stamp. It wasn't.)
A comedy of errors is produced by the use - twice - of quotation marks for emphasis. Boldface, underlining, font size, or some other alteration would have been better, but please not quotation marks, which are not only inappropriate, but which tend to suggest the opposite of what is written.
The "Blog" of "Unnecessary" Quotation Marks will never run out of material.
Labels: English language