I’m in an annoyed mood today–and I’m also feeling generous, so I’m going to share. Today’s category is Stupid English Style Rules. I believe this only applies to us Yanks, so the rest of the English-speaking world may be off the hook.
The burr in my behind: adding punctuation to quotes when it doesn’t belong.
“You stink,” she said.
The comma is not part of what she said.
I so detest this rule I ignore it as often as possible.