It’s disrespectful to let writing’s constituent elements bleed into one another through imprecise demarcations. If you see me “making mistakes with comma placement”, please rest assured that I’m doing it deliberately. In most cases the comma doesn’t belong to the phrase delimited by the quotation marks that enclose it. Placing an exclamation point or question mark to the left or right of a close-quote is a weighty decision! That we violate the atomic purity of quotations with injected commas is an outrage.
“And though I don’t get quite as worked up about it, the same sort of thinking motivates my belief in the double space. Sentences deserve to be clearly delineated, but because of the complications of quotation, ellipses, interrogatives and exclamations (among others), there is no reliable punctuation that can be counted on as a terminator for sentences. Single spaces are already spoken for: they separate words. The double space is an elegant and subtle solution.
By the way, I’m a devout one-spacer — not because I’m particular about rules, but because it delights me to break a rule so many teachers and proofreaders from my past insisted on.
Also, I’m much more likely to accidentally violate the double-space rule than the single-space rule. It’s one less inconsequential thing to worry about.
Let’s have a toast for the crab roe
Let’s have a toast for the plum wraps
Every one of them that I rolled
Let’s have a toast for dessert troughs
That I just can’t keep my hands off
Baby, I got a plan
Grab a plate fast as you can” —Grab A Plate (via noonemanshouldhaveallthatflour)
I love that exquisitely thoughtless use of stock language.
Chris Daly, an outgoing member of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, yelling at a colleague because he disagreed with his vote on who should serve as interim mayor of San Francisco.
(Submitted by rubenfeld)