American grammar is quite goofy when it comes to how punctuation interacts with quotations. The placement of the period in the following sentence is said to be grammatically correct:
1A) George threw out his socks, claiming they were "poisoned."
Does the placement of that period look blatantly wrong to you as well? I contend the following should be considered correct:
1B) George threw out his socks, claiming they were "poisoned".
Here's an alternate example:
2A) Cindy explained, "It's his baby, not yours."
2B) Cindy explained, "It's his baby, not yours".
Now check out the following examples, both of which are considered grammatically correct with respect to the placement of the question mark:
3) After slipping in the aisle, Gunther inquired, "Who the fuck put lubricant all over the floor?"
4) Was Tammy correct when she claimed, "the three things that never stop growing on a man are his ears, nose, and testicles"?
The sensibility of question mark protocol is encouraging, but we're not out of the woods yet. Consider two final grammatically correct examples that throw more chaos into the mix with respect to the placement of commas and periods:
5) Out of a possible "10", Haley's breasts would have to be considered a "12".
6) Jared wasn't "feeling well," so he put the dildo in the box marked with an "X".
So in summary, this is a complete clusterfuck, and frankly I'm not going to stand for it. From this point forward, I'm going to place all periods as the last item in a sentence, and the quotes can go "fuck themselves".