June 19, 2017

Can 'Apropos' Mean 'Appropriate'?

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Sure, the words are similar. But are they interchangeable? Here's the full story.

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Music to Help Kids with Grammar?
Posted by June on June 19, 2017
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In case you missed it, NPR did an interesting piece a few weeks ago about the intersections of rhythm and grammar. From the piece:

Gordon has previously published research showing a correlation in children between good rhythm skills and a good grasp of grammar. She found children who can detect rhythmic variations in music have an easier time putting sentences together.

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    June Punctuation rules for American English are indeed "always" put the period or comma before the closing quote mark. British style is as you described (that is, it follows a certain logic). But American rules are rooted in a printing convention that originated from aesthetics concerns. I'm quite confident that this American convention will go the way of the dinosaur. Wikipedia is proof: Their style is situational in the way you described. But for now, it's the rule: The comma always goes "inside," as does a "period."

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    June Oops. Fixing now. (Better late than never.)

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    JR "An" Not-So-Thrilling Typo?

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    Hudson "You're"--I can't believe I did that.

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    Hudson I'm coming to you for this because your my most trusted (and favorite) grammar authority. I just received my certificate for rhetoric and professional writing after many years of taking classes. Next stop is my associates degree. To save time and money, I'm planning to take the CLEP for analyzing and interpreting literature. One of the study guides I'm using tells me that the terminating punctuation mark can go outside the quotation marks when the quoted word or words is either an article title or something being used to make a word stand out as being ironic or sarcastic. This has always made sense to me, but after reading so many things that say the terminating punctuation "always" goes inside the quotation marks in American English, I am in the habit now of making no exceptions to that rule. What's correct here? Thank you!