QUESTIONING THE PUNCTUATION ON THIS BLOG. Carol Lee’s article points out something I had never noticed. The masthead (or, as I also learned from the article, the “nameplate”) of the Wall Street Journal uses a period: “THE WALL STREET JOURNAL.” The online edition also has a period in the masthead. Lee says: “On its page-one nameplate and elsewhere, The Wall Street Journal maintains its period, a holdover from the 1800s. No one at the paper knows why the Journal kept it when other papers gradually dropped their traditional periods, a spokeswoman said.”

The captions on my posts usually end with a period. I have no theory for adopting that style. It just seemed right.

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