A friend of mine (who shall remain nameless) recently told me that I had been placing periods in the wrong location in conjunction with quotation marks. All my life, I have been placing periods inside quotation marks. Then, said friend, who is much smarter than me in the technical aspects of writing, told me I was wrong. Periods go outside quotation marks. So, in this blog, not wanting to look like an unedjamacated boob, I've been putting my periods outside my quotation marks, despite that fact that, all along, it has made my ass chew gum.
So, I visit a couple of websites, and, lo and behold, here is what I find: in the United States, periods and commas go inside quotation marks regardless of logic. In the United Kingdom, Canada, and islands under the influence of British education, punctuation around quotation marks is more apt to follow logic. In American style, then, you would write: My favorite poem is Robert Frost's "Design." But in England you would write: My favorite poem is Robert Frost's "Design".
I will now return to the punctuation style comfortable for my illogical American mind and the hobgoblins who occupy it.
And there was much rejoicing in the echo chamber I call my brain...