Thursday, December 07, 2006
Who'd a thunk?
Via Jordana. It should come as no surprise that I just read "Eats, Shoots, and Leaves". What astounds me is that even grammar changes over time (albeit much more slowly than some other things - like, say, glaciers) and I'm now old enough to be using some outdated rules. I have a regular argument with the admin assistant upstairs about the placement of the period at the end of a sentence whose final clause is in quotes (see first sentence above). She says the final period goes inside the quotes; I say it goes outside. Apparently, modern American English usage now places it as she says - inside the quotes. The Brits still place it where it really belongs - outside the quotes. It just looks more elegant (and seems to me more logical) to put it outside.
So, even if I totally forget all the rules when writing here, at you know I know them!