A New York Times article describing Nashville as the next "it" city included a photo of this handsome statue of Roy Acuff. No, wait that's not Roy. It's Little Jimmy Dickens. No, not him either. One of the Hee Haw Honeys?
Quotation marks are most commonly used to identify direct speech or to indicate the name of shorter literary works. They sometimes flag irony, telling readers that the selected word is being used euphemistically, and that's why it's a bad idea to use quotation marks for mere emphasis. For example, consider this press release header from the Memphis Division of Parks and Neighborhoods: "Travelers Receive a 'Happy Ending' Courtesy of Memphis Animal Services."
This punctuation tells readers that travelers will receive not a happy ending but something that is also known as a "happy ending," whatever that might be. The release in question, about a group of travelers involved in a bad crash, explains that the victims "received a little southern hospitality from Memphis Animal Services" and noted that "all services were provided free of charge."
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Memphis butt-celebrity Natasha Stewart, better known by her nom d'bootie Pebbelz Da Model, has been apprehended by Shelby County sheriff's deputies for the role she allegedly played in the death of Atlanta model Karima Gordon. According to the Mississippi attorney general, Jim Hood, Gordon paid Da Model, famous for her 48-inch bubble, $200 to meet an untrained and unlicensed butt implant surgeon. Gordon died three days after her bottom was injected with a silicone-like substance that may have contained concrete.