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Perfect Storm

  • January 27, 2006, 12:07am

Perhaps too romanticized a word, but serendipity comes to mind as well, though I suppose there's an implication of fate or a "higher power" at work.

Perfect storm seems to fit the bill best.

all _____ sudden

  • November 14, 2005, 9:54am

Ugh--like nails on a chalkboard.
"All the sudden" is a mistake. It is a result of laziness; that is, people hear "all of a sudden" spoken, and it sounds like "all the sudden" so they assume that's what it is. These people, who, in my experience, live in the Midwest, apparently do not read much.

Where does the period go?

  • November 14, 2005, 9:43am

Actually, Ellen, you're mostly right.
While periods and commas do, by a rule that's generally accepted in the U.S., always belong inside quotation marks, other punctuation should be placed in the most logical place. That is, question marks and exclamation points do not always come outside quotations.
An example would be if you're quoting someone who is asking a question, or someone who is yelling. Jim yelled, "Stop, thief!"
And to the original comment, I'd say that "hunker down and protect turf" being a fragment is irrelevant. Even if you were quoting a single word, the period would belong inside the quotes. (The only word that did her hair justice was "unbelievable.") The period doesn't apply to what's being cited; rather, it completes your sentence.