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>"No," she said, "I hate punctuation." (Correct and okay by me)
>She thinks he's a "flash in the pan." (Apparently correct but I hate it)
>I would like it to be: She thinks he's a "flash in the pan". The
>"correct" version is illogical to me. The period marks the end of the
>sentence, not the quoted phrase (or word, in this case). Not that language
>was ever logical. Does anybody agree?
We're looking at a difference between UK and US practice.
UK practice places the punctuation marks where they logically belong.
George is preaching UK practice which, I gather, is making inroads in the US.