More fun with punctuation.

Would someone with a better grasp of grammar and punctuation than me (and I’ve got a pretty decent grasp) explain to me why there are quotation marks around the words stop and yield in this little blurb about construction, taken from the PG:

Honestly, sometimes I feel so stupid. But those quotes just seem totally unnecessary.

I’m thinking that maybe the guy they hired to write the sign over at the Federal Courthouse got himself a new “job.”

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