I am learning English by reading the New York Times. It is difficult, of course, but a challenge at the same time. In the international edition it said:

The president is unfit for this crisis. Period.

In Spanish we would say: al tiempo. (time has the last word and all the answers, or the passage of time)

Who could help me?

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    "Period", in this context is a sort of exclamation. It means that the statement is made and ends with a "." -- there is nothing further to discuss.
    – Hot Licks
    Mar 11, 2020 at 12:22
  • Collins, sense 15 in the 'American English' section (though it is fairly common in the UK also; 'full stop' was/is used in this way too), the interjection usage. CED includes the definition, but gives a poorer definition. Mar 11, 2020 at 12:41
  • I always assumed "period" here meant "full stop" (as in That's the end of the sentence, and there won't be any more). But now I discover from the full OED that it's a verb, dating back to C16 - transitive To bring to an end; to terminate and intransitive To come to a conclusion. Mar 11, 2020 at 12:46
  • Does this answer your question? What does "period" mean when someone says "Sth... Period"? Mar 11, 2020 at 13:17


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