So on Monday I pretty much "phoned it in". Found a GIF which tickled my fancy, threw a couple of sentences in and voilà, a rather lame post. Well, I thought it was a lame post. There may be folks out there who feel that all my posts are lame, but it's bad when even I recognize a lame post.
On another front, you may (or may not) have noticed a certain amount of quibbling in the comments as regards the placement of certain punctuation marks with respect to quotation marks.
|Conan the Grammarian|
Not to name names, but Le Stylo Rouge (LSR) has been the main protagonist behind this pedantic desire to ensure that the blogs of the world follow proper English usage. Well, this one at least. At one point a link was provided to illustrate proper usage. As I'm too lazy to dig through all of my recent posts to find said link, I did my own research and was somewhat surprised with what I found.
Before I get into that I wish to remark that, as an amateur linguist with a lot of experience with languages other than my native tongue, language is a living thing. Language evolves. If you doubt me, read Shakespeare, people don't speak like that anymore. As folks use language, it changes.
Another thing to bear in mind is that the Queen's English is rather different from American English. As I read a lot, and much of what I read is by English authors, that tends to influence the way I write. Before you go off on a wild tangent with that one, here's another thing to keep in mind, I like doing things "my way", à la Sinatra, if you will. If a thing looks cumbersome or stupid to me, I won't do it, even if the rules say I must.
All that being said, here are the "rules" regarding punctuation inside or outside of quotation marks -
Just so we're clear, obviously I prefer the UK convention.
That's all I have to say upon this particular matter.