InfraBlue wrote: Quote:
BTW - The punctuation belongs INSIDE the " quote marks . . . . religion,"
Tangutlay is following British conventions.
I once got in a lot of trouble (with one member only) about this. The British practice regarding placement of punctuation inside or outside quotation marks is often called, by people interested in such things, "logical placement", and the US practice of always placing them inside, "conventional placement".
I mentioned this, making it clear it was specialist terminology and not a value judgement (mine or anybody else's). Despite this, the other member got irate and said I was accusing (all) Americans of being "illogical", that "we" hadn't fought King George in order to be told what to write by pantywaist Limey faggots, who hadn't got an empire anymore, whose asses got saved in World War 2, etc, etc. Nothing I could write would satisfy this person. (Now there's a surprise!)
Anyhow, I believe the American conventional rule was mainly enforced and perpetuated by typesetters. I have been interested to read recently that a "punctuation paradigm shift" is occurring. In copy-editor-free zones—the Web and emails, student papers, business memos, with increasing frequency, commas and periods find themselves on the outside of quotation marks, looking in.
Not only these, but also Language, the journal of the Linguistic Society of America, for instance, has adopted the British way. * The first item under "Punctuation" in its Style Sheet says:
The second member of a pair of quotation marks should precede any other adjacent mark of punctuation, unless the other mark is part of the quoted matter: The word means `cart', not `horse'.
Also the logical style is used in Wikipedia.