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What does period mean at the end of a sentence?

For example:

The stronger your core the easier your YRG(yoga) is gonna get period

I didn't heard the sentence clearly because of the speaker's American accent.

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Saying 'Period' is just saying out loud the punctuation mark for the end of the sentence, which is funny because it is done when speaking. The reason for saying it out loud is to emphasize that the sentence, and therefore the thought, has been completed and there is no more to say, that the other speaker should not try to come back with any qualification or alternative. –  Mitch Aug 11 '13 at 15:45

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Period in the context that you are referring to is used as an idiom of sorts. It means there is no counter argument.

For example, "Chuck Norris will kick anybody's butt, period."

or

"Abstinence from sex is the best STD prevention, period."

There is usually a pause after the sentence and before the word "period".

Another thing that Americans say instead of "period" is "end of story".

For example,

The stronger your core the easier your YRG(yoga) is gonna get, end of story.

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thanks for the answer know I understand correctly –  Anas Aug 11 '13 at 11:21
    
You are very welcome but I think you meant "now". :-) –  user2353007 Aug 11 '13 at 21:06

'Period' is the puncutation mark known in British English as a full stop. Used as it is in the example, it means that there is no more to be said on the subject.

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thanks a lot Barrie, but in this sentence "period" is used after "is gonna get" so it doesn't make sense to me.I didn't really get your point –  Anas Aug 11 '13 at 11:05
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It means ‘The stronger your core the easier your YRG(yoga) is gonna get’ – and that’s it, end of story, no more to be said, no argument, the sentence has come to an end and so has this discussion. –  Barrie England Aug 11 '13 at 11:56
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The origin of this expression is similar expressions where an implied (or explicit) ‘but’ comes after, with another phrase that softens or counteracts the first phrase. Such phrases would be started with a comma, and the ‘period’ (full stop) spoken at the end of the sentence means that no comma and subsequent phrases will be accepted. Consider a dialogue like so: Person A “Abstinence is the best STD prevention there is.” — Person B “True, abstinence is a good way to prevent STDs, but …” — Person A “No, no buts. Abstinence is the most failsafe STD prevention there is, period.” –  Janus Bahs Jacquet Aug 11 '13 at 12:41

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