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Where to put the quotation marks

A week from today I will be leading an audio conference for Copyediting newsletter on dealing with quoted matter, the mechanics, the craft, and the ethics of it.

If you would like to sign up for “All About Quoting,” operators are standing by.

If you are taking part in the audio conference and would like for me to cover some particular point, file a comment or send me a message; I’ll see whether I can incorporate it into the harangue.


Posted by John McIntyre at 2:20 PM | | Comments (3)


Your syllabus will include a referral to The "Blog" of "Unnecessary" Quotation Marks, won't it?

It's always so "funny"!


Oh! Pricey. I guess I will not be joining in. Ah, well; I have already agreed to disagree with you on placement of periods at the end of something in quotes. I hope you have the same feeling towards me rather than hatred.

Good morning John,

Following up on blogger mesns latest post re/ the correct use of the period (in his query, after a quotation), I'm always a little tentative about whether to add a second period at the end of a sentence when the last word is a short-form ending in a period, like say the "U.S.", or "etc."

To me it always looks a little odd w/ the double 'dots', and yet somehow seems intuitively incomplete without that added period.

What's the standard form in cases like this?


P.S.: John, I really loved your use of the rarely seen word "shambling" in the opening sentence of an earlier post to describe your barely mobile state of ambulation one fine recent early morn. That word, for me, just conjures up the image of crumpled lassitude and minimal consciousness, par excellence. For some reason it brought to mind the phrase "lurching toward Armageddon", although working in the 'paragraph factory', at this juncture at any rate, hardly has such ominous, or apocalyptic indicators.

Always liked that comic Gary 'Shambling'. (Groan!)

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John McIntyre, mild-mannered editor for a great metropolitan newspaper, has fussed over writers’ work, to sporadic expressions of gratitude, for thirty years. He is The Sun’s night content production manager and former head of its copy desk. He also teaches editing at Loyola University Maryland. A former president of the American Copy Editors Society, a native of Kentucky, a graduate of Michigan State and Syracuse, and a moderate prescriptivist, he writes about language, journalism, and arbitrarily chosen topics. If you are inspired by a spirit of contradiction, comment on the posts or write to him at
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