I’m not a punctuation expert, but shouldn’t the closing quotation mark go directly after the show’s title?
Wonder if “90210″‘s Jessica…
It makes for an awkward apostrophe placement, but does that matter?
That’s a good question, and one I’ve wondered about myself. Yahoo! omg! seems to be fairly consistent in placing the apostrophe and S within the quotation marks; I imagine that is the Yahoo! “house style.”
I’ve tried to find a definitive answer about the correct placement of an apostrophe in this situation, but to no avail. Most authorities I checked with prefer either using italic for titles (and adding an apostrophe and S in non-italic style) or avoiding a possessive of a title (prefering instead: Jessica Stroup of “90210″) thus avoiding the whole apostrophe-location issue.
The closest recommendation I could find is from the Chicago Manual of Style and deals with the plural of words in quotation marks. It recommends placing the apostrophe and S within quotation marks, like this:
How many “that’s” are in that sentence?
I’m hoping that some readers of Terribly Write will have more information to add.