Thanks for your opinion, voodoo. At least for the Polish language, the rule is: a parenthetical sentence has the period within the parentheses, a parenthetical interjection at the end of the sentence has the parenthesis before the period.
if you are just writing Aunt Tillie, then all is ok…but, if you are
writing your doctoral thesis in nuclear weapons design, you should NOT
turn on OpenOffice grammatical help…unless you want lots of well
meaning, but bad advice…
btw, the comma before the “or” in a series of three or more has been
optional (either way is ok) for at least 50 years…
And, as far as i recall, it is usually considered bad form to make
parenthetical remarks as full sentences (with a capital beginning and
such full sentence remarks should be (get this) another sentence…or
in a foot note, etc…
note: all of my writing hints are localized to the USA…ymmv!
CAVEAT: http://is.gd/bpoMD [posted via NNTP w/openSUSE 10.3]
I feel annoyed that I can’t put my wide range of languages on stupid
Facebook. For example, I speak Sarcasm, fluently spoken and written,
and Various Forms of Geek…
‘A full point should come before the closing parenthesis if the whole sentence is in parentheses [as in the example above]; otherwise after the closing parenthesis’ Butcher (2006) Copyediting p. 156 - the UK bible on the subject which for the most part follows the Chicago Manual. A US member might be able to enlighten us on what the Chicago Manual says.