In the UK a comma or full stop before a quotation mark would be regarded as incorrect. He said "Hello Old Pedant". I know that US practice is different.
Originally Posted by Old Pedant
*SIGH* I learned later that you British are much more sane on this issue.
Yes, that is true. Same with other topics such as the rejection of things like creationism and assault rifles in schools ......... Also, we don't think that our Queen was not born in the UK. And we do not elect as our leaders politicians who just have the most money.
At the risk of an infraction for off-topic, I am amazed that people in the USA are sometimes as barmy as the ayatollahs in Tehran.