Stupid word, that. Period. In America it means full stop like in punctuation. Thats stupid as well. A period isnt a full stop. Its a new beginning. I dont mean all that creativity, life-giving force, earth-mother stuff, I mean its a new beginning to the month, relief that youre not pregnant, when you dont have to have a child.
Michelene Wandor, Mothers Pride,
Guests in the Body (1986)
A full pause, as is made at the end of a complete sentence. The point or character used to mark the end of a declarative sentence or to indicate an abbreviation.
Use a period...
at the end of a sentence.
I just got a new cell phone.
after a mild command (imperative sentence).
Take out the trash when youre done with that work.
William J. Clinton is a former United States president.
after most abbreviations.
I live on West Brook Rd., which is near the Rocky Mts.
Put periods within closing quotation marks, except when a parenthetical reference follows the quotation.
He said, I may forget your name, but I never remember a face. Smith, criticizing the apparent inaction, writes, Donahues policy was to do nothing (27).
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