As a writer and editor, I dabble in punctuation. As a creativity coach, I dabble in seeking creativity. This morning, the two collided in one article. Ever wonder why certain punctuation is placed where it is? (For instance, if I write: She said, “I’m going there next week.” The period is within the quotation marks, at least when used in American texts.
However, a Slate article argues for “logical punctuation” is a twist on the American style of punctuation. Logical? Yes. But it’s a creative twist that is based on what’s seen and used on the Web, as well as the British style. As an editor, I understand that language morphs and changes–we have a living language and, it would seem, a living punctuation style. But will we ever allow periods outside our quotation marks? It make take a few years.
It’ll probably be adapted as quickly as the move away from two spaces after a period. And how many people do you know that still do that?!