Simple lesson learned

November 9 2011.

New parents prefer you refer to their newborn baby as "he" or "she". Not "it".

Unrelatedly, the grammar professionals say ending punctuation should appear within quotation marks if you're using American English. British English puts the punctuation outside the quotation marks unless the punctuation is part of the original quote.

American: I said "I'm listening to Rust in Peace."

British: He said "that album is old enough to drink legally".

Jan says:

I didn't know that.

Chuck says:

In Germany they do refer to babies as "it." When they speak English they often carry this over literally. It always stood out to me and made me laugh. (you can guess my nationality from that first sentence)

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