Re: GRAMMAR: quotation marks.

Michael Lorrey (
Tue, 28 Jan 1997 20:32:12 -0500

Omega wrote:
> Alexander,
> > Another grammatical issue:
> >
> > There is a funny rule in American English, that punctuation marks should be
> > inserted inside the quotation marks, as in: [ I know words "green,"
> > " blue," and "red". ] Here the connections *between* semantic objects
> > "green" "blue" "red" (quotes are parts of these objects!) are somehow
> > put *inside* these objects! This looks like some collective grammatical
> > insanity.
> Insanity is certainly the right word. I wouldn't lose any sleep over this
> stuff. All that matters is how effectively we can convey our meaning while
> minimizing the effort of doing so. Word meaning is important, otherwise
> people wind up comparing apples to oranges, but this grammatical idiocy is
> just that. Let's just let the language evolve.
> --
> In the Ecstatic Service of Life -- Omega

I had read somewhere that the reason punctuation was put inside th
quotes was due to a material fragility of early printing presses, that a
punctuation separated by so much space from text would wear out faster
or some such thing.


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