The irony of Medford

The Grammar Vandal comes up with the real story behind those Red Line ads about a guy whose name is in quotation marks:

This sign invites you to meet "Medford." Now, why is it necessary to use those quotes?

I imagine that "Medford" had a normal life -- a job, a spouse, a family and a white picked fence. He also had a normal name, like John or Paul.

That all changed the day he witnessed a heinous crime.

No. That all day he decided to do what every single movie tells you not to do and GOT INVOLVED WITH THE MOB! ...

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    "Home" is "Where" the "Misplaced" Quotation "Marks" Are"!"

    Judging from the prevalence of misplaced quotation marks on PTO communications that cross my vision, as well those on hand lettered signs at school and community events, I think their intent was to make those of us who live in "Medford" feel right at home!

    Those Alliance bank ads keep me from ever wanting to go there.

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    Alliance is also the one with the ads featuring the stereotypical 60s tie-dyed hippie flashing a peace sign and holding a pseudo-protest sign that says something like "Lower interest rates", right? That right there is such incredible cognitive dissonance I'm surprised nobody's heads have exploded, Scanners-like, upon viewing it.

    ("Yeah, I know, some of us got teargassed and hassled by the pigs for protesting the war; I got hassled for wanting lower interest rates. S.E.C.! BE GOOD TO ME! S.E.C! BE GOOD TO ME!")