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Maybe it can go outside the quotes in academic writing, where you're forced to cite something:
Carl Carlson claimed, "The world is flat"[Carlson, 2002].

Otherwise I always put the punctuation inside the quotation marks. Look in a newspaper; do they ever put it on the outside?

Jon October 4, 2005, 11:42pm

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Spell-checkers are the devil. They've only helped me in pointing out some words I thought were normal were actually British spelling. Every time I see that squiggly line under "colour," I feel a sense of patriotism.

In grade twelve, a classmate wrote a term paper, and when he was finished, he used the spell-checker and checked "correct all." I'm sure his paper was fraught with errors, particularly if he quoted and Polish scholars. Best part was that it was an essay about humour.

Jon September 30, 2005, 12:14am

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Scott Connerly Sep-28-05 1:38AM
It is not appropriate after a colon, but it is appropriate after a semi-colon.
The sky was blue; It resembled the ocean.


Jon September 28, 2005, 11:44pm

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It's technically wrong and they know it.

But it's pronounced "Maple Leafs" so they pull it off.

Jon September 28, 2005, 11:40pm

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I always say "website." What bothers me is seeing "Web site" with the capital letter.

Jon September 28, 2005, 11:35pm

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