proper punctuation

wadin' boot

Donny, you're out of your element...
#61
like the unseen meteor of the Cretaceous...

Thank you Alex, I have a new way of describing my son's ozone depleting flatulance...

Alex, I saw this on Slate and thought of you...woulda made my history major much easier, no doubt ( you can zoom in on it with the gray bar on the image itself, pull the bar to the right)

http://www.davidrumsey.com/luna/servlet/detail/RUMSEY~8~1~200375~3001080?trs=2&qvq=q:pub_List_No="1810.000";lc:RUMSEY~8~1&mi=1

http://pinterest.com/pin/183662491025086534/
 

Old Man

Just an Old Man
#64
Red Meat. The cause of Gout in us old farts. Also drinking lots of beer will set it off. Eat and drink with care. You've been warned.
 

Alex MacDonald

that's His Lordship, to you.....
#65
Boot, that's a great resource! I do wish I'd had that in the reading list. It's especially good to see the slow rise of empires laid out in a manner that's easy to see, and the dates aren't portrayed as being set in concrete. Thanks!
 
#66
For all you "texters" out there, who cannot be bothered to employ proper punctuation, and want to shorten every word to make it easier, just remember there's a VAST difference between helping your Uncle Jack off the horse and helping your uncle jack off the horse...:eek:
In a thread about punctuation, it's ironic that your signature line is improperly punctuated. Unless you are adamant that you actually worry.
 

Lugan

Joe Streamer
#70
In a thread about punctuation, it's ironic that your signature line is improperly punctuated. Unless you are adamant that you actually worry.

It's doubly ironic that your second sentence is not a sentence. It's a clause that should have been tacked onto the preceding text, separated by a comma:

"In a thread about punctuation, it's ironic that your signature line is improperly punctuated, unless you are adamant that you actually worry".
 
#71
It's doubly ironic that your second sentence is not a sentence. It's a clause that should have been tacked onto the preceding text, separated by a comma:

"In a thread about punctuation, it's ironic that your signature line is improperly punctuated, unless you are adamant that you actually worry".

The first comma is unnecessary and the period belongs at the end of the sentence within the quotes. :D

"In a thread about punctuation it's ironic that your signature line is improperly punctuated, unless you are adamant that you actually worry."
 

Tim Cottage

Formerly tbc1415
#72
Apparently the position of quotation marks is relevant to style. In the US punctuation goes within the marks. In the UK, Canada or anywhere else under the influence of British education the marks precede the punctuation.

In addition, I have learned this liberating fact:
In reporting "silent speech"—noting that language is "said," but internally and not spoken out loud—writers are on their own. Writers can put quotation marks around it or not:
  • Oh, what a beautiful morning, Curly said to himself.
  • "Oh, what a beautiful morning!" Curly said to himself.
Also:
Convention normally insists that a new paragraph begins with each change of speaker:
"I don't care what you think anymore," she said, jauntily tossing back her hair and looking askance at Edward.
"What do you mean?" he replied.
"What do you mean, 'What do I mean?'" Alberta sniffed. She was becoming impatient and wished that she were elsewhere.
"You know darn well what I mean!" Edward huffed.
"Have it your way," Alberta added, "if that's how you feel."

I've always worried terribly about these things. Thanks to these four pages on proper US written language in this fly fishing forum I can finally enjoy some peace of mind.

TC
 
#73
Apparently the position of quotation marks is relevant to style. In the US punctuation goes within the marks. In the UK, Canada or anywhere else under the influence of British education the marks precede the punctuation.

I've always worried terribly about this. Thanks to these four pages on proper US written language I can finally enjoy some peace of mind.:rolleyes:

TC

If the quote rests within the sentence then the full stop punctuation follows the quotation marks. If the entirety of the sentence is a quotation then the full stop punctuation lies within the quotes.

Commas are a bit more iffy, as they can designate a few things, an audible pause being one. In that sense it can be harder to regulate them, because, who are you, to tell me, when I may pause whilst I speak?