Tuesday, March 18, 2008

If I open a cafe, I'm going to call it "Question mark ampersand"

Am I the only one who always reads "*$" as "asterisk dollar" and then has to go back and revise my interpretation when the rest of the sentence tells me someone bought a drink there?

9 Comments:

grace said...

"So you quote love unquote me
Well, stranger things have come to be
But let's agree to disagree
Cause I don't believe you
....
So you're brilliant gorgeous and
Ampersand after ampersand
You think I just don't understand
But I don't believe you"

from "I Don't Believe You" by The Magnetic Fields.
Perhaps they should win an award for Best Use of Puctuation in a Song Lyric? :-D

Jana said...

I'm staying over Easter in a guesthouse called "ah!". Lower case and exclamation mark. I tend to speak it aloud as "aaaaa". But it's a tricky name.

Dr. Brazen Hussy said...

No, you're not the only one. :)

StyleyGeek said...

Jana - you are right, that is a strange name for a guest house. Not least because my first instinct was to read it with the tone of someone who was unpleasantly surprised, like, "Ah! He stabbed me!"

StyleyGeek said...

Or like an interjection. "Ah- excuse me. There's a dead giraffe in my soup."

RageyOne said...

sometimes i have to take a second look at the sentence to understand waht "*S" means. you are not alone.

CAE said...

My favourite guest house name is common in Scotland - "Iona Guesthouse". I've also seen a couple of "Iona cafes".

New Kid on the Hallway said...

Sorry! For some reason I don't want to give them any greater web presence by using their real name as opposed to the abbreviation. Plus once I figured out what the abbreviation meant I just liked it!

StyleyGeek said...

I like it too, NK! It's clever. I just think it's funny that I am unable to read it correctly the first time around even though I see it all the time.