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Lexicography for $50, Alex [Nov. 16th, 2008|10:07 am]
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So, by convention, a song's name is given in quotes, e.g. "Fish heads." And the punctuation following a quoted phrase goes inside the quotes.

So what the hell do I do with this: I want the name of a song, ("Highways") to be possessive, (i.e. '"Highways'" lyrics') so where do all those punctuation marks go?

Extra points: 'The lyrics of "Louie Louie" were not as good as "Highways'."' -- a song title ending in 's' as a possessive at the end of a sentence.

I think that's why there's no punctuation in Hebrew.

[User Picture]From: optic
2008-11-17 06:33 am (UTC)
(a) I'm a big fan of putting the punctuation outside the quotes, if it's not part of what's being quoted, because I think that rule is dumb.
(b) I'd rephrase (the lyrics of "Highways").
(c) I believe the possessive of something ending in "S" should still be "'s" unless it's actually plural. I may be technically wrong on this, but if so, the rule is dumb. I.e. when you speak you say it like "that is james's dog" not "that is james' dog" so that's how it should be spelled.


The lyrics of "Louie Louie" were not as good as "Highways's".

though have the "of" construction in the first and a possessive in the second is kind of goofy, so:

The lyrics of "Louie Louie" were not as good as those of "Highways".

or to sound less toffish:

"Louie Louie's" lyrics were not as good as "Highways's".

or best of all:

"Highways" has better lyrics than "Louie Louie", which sucks.
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From: elkay
2008-11-17 10:49 am (UTC)
You both have enriched my life today

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