Friday, May 13, 2011

The answer is "Yes."

Slate headline writers, featuring a Ben Yagoda article on writing, asks "Is it wrong to put the period outside the quotation marks." In fact, the headline on the piece does just that. Yagoda writes entreatingly about why Americans put the period inside quotation marks while the British -- and, increasingly, young Americans -- put it outside.

Yagoda, a professor of English at the University of Delaware, makes a good case for what he calls "logical punctuation." But a word to my students: He didn't convince me.

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