Monday, June 18, 2012

I'm warming up to the standard punctuation form of the period being enclosed within a direct quote, as in:

"This is what he said."

 ... as opposed to

"This is what he said".

For many years I opted for the latter simply because it made more syntactical sense, coming from a computer programming background. I now understand that, if one is to quote someone directly, the statement, as a whole, should be completely enclosed within the quotes.

Somewhere, E.B. White is giggling to himself and high-fiving some supernatural form of Strunk. But then "that's what they said.".


MPius said...

The period after the closing quote is unnecessary if there is already an ending punctuation within the quote. :- )

Juanolator said...

Christ, why doesn't anyone get the joke?

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