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    Quotation marks for T-shirts

    Discussion in 'Word Mechanics' started by lostinwebspace, Feb 10, 2016.

    Hey all,

    I have a question about if I should use or omit quotation marks when describing a T-shirt. Here's the snippet, and let me know which one is correct:

    The junior employees didn’t wear the Help Me Help You T-shirts.​

    The junior employees didn’t wear the "Help Me Help You" T-shirts.​

    The text "Help Me Help You" is printed on the T-shirts, if that makes a difference. I'm confused because it seems the quotation marks should be there, but I don't see it on things like Toronto Maple Leafs T-shirt or No Fear T-shirt. But maybe the fact that it's a full sentence or that it's printed on the shirt makes a difference?
     
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    I would imagine it is correct to use the quotation marks because you are actually stating word for word, or "quoting", what is on the t-shirts.
     
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    I would use quotes. Without the quotes, "Help Me Help You" seems like the name of a brand.
     
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    Ook, so the votes are for quotes! (I didn't mean to be a poet just now. :p) Thanks!
     
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    I can't remember where I saw this, but I know I've seen T-shirts written in small caps before.
     
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    You could probably do italics as well - I think I used quotes for that but it's a good question.
     

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