Re: Punctuation/Quotes

Subject: Re: Punctuation/Quotes
From: David Ibbetson <ibbetson -at- IDIRECT -dot- COM>
Date: Wed, 10 Jan 1996 14:00:27 -0500

At 10:36 AM 1/9/96 -0700, George Allaman wrote:

>"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.

David (the uncertified idiot) Ibbetson

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