I just gave a simple
echo "what is the worst thing someone has said to you about cloth diaper ? ( hopefully nothing ) here's mine !! :..."
-bash: syntax error near unexpected token `('
double quotes allows shell to expand variables, for example
!! has a special meaning. If you want to treat everything as text, use single quotes instead.
$ date Thu Oct 6 11:14:59 EDT 2016 $ echo "!!" echo "date" date $ echo '!!' !!