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One option is to italicize the word okay: This happened after she told me okay. This type of italicization is known as "using the word as a word." If you followed British punctuation conventions, it would be clear from the outset whether the period was included in the original quoted expression, because British conventions call for putting the end-of-...


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When you want to emphasize that someone used an explicit period, you can use the word "period". This happened after she told me "Okay" – period. This also expresses the abrupt implication. From Merriam-Webster: used interjectionally to emphasize the finality of the preceding statement


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