Who doesn’t “love” abusing “quotation marks” for “emphasis” and making editors wince? The Spin was once told that every time we use quotation marks we should imagine we are saying “so-called” before the phrase in question. But international men’s title GQ seems to have missed this point when it named tennis star Serena Williams its “Woman” of the Year. Complete with those quote marks.
Is Williams a so-called “woman”? The Spin thinks not. And judging by the international backlash stirred up by that punctuation, GQ’s “editors” should be asking themselves some tough questions right now.