Monday, April 25, 2005

Do quotation marks go inside or outside? 

It depends if you're American or British. Volokh says "yes," but only if you are a Yank.

He does not say whether a hyperlink's label should embrace the comma, or exclude the comma, which is the next big question.


By Anonymous Anonymous, at Tue Apr 26, 03:35:00 AM:

I had the comma thing wired. I must admit, however, that the question mark thing sometimes threw me.

Danke schoen.  

By Blogger John B. Chilton, at Tue Apr 26, 11:22:00 AM:

The inside or outside quote thing is all explained by the grammar dominatrix lady of Eats Shoots and Leaves.

The Brit's way is more logical. American's way looks nicer. Coming from a land (United Arab Emirates) where both versions of English are accepted I choose my rules based on the context, what seems to work best for what I'm trying (I know, effort only counts with your mother) to say.

(It was a trusted co-author who taught me to put a period inside a parenthetical statement like this.)

But not one where the parenthetical comes like this (like this).  

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