Ah, yes. Tis true. We detest them, and do all in our power to eliminate
them...but the truth is, your sister got a new job. She's your sister; you
love her; it's not for publication, and how else can you show your
enthusiasm, or, indeed, the amount of your enthusiasm, if not through the use of
the overused exclamation point? Congrats, Sis!!!!!!!It's either that or an emoticon. :D
A work colleague of mine once commented wryly, while reading an e-mail from a
certain member of staff, "Yep, she's a Shift-1 kinda gal."
Right on !Actually, though, you didn't mention the habit of
some to type in all caps. Don't you just absolutely love that? Think to
The less than 140 character version of this blog would be: "We've
diminished both writing and life by being seduced by meaningless brevity. Long
live expressive writing!" (that exclamation point is intended to indicate a
shouted exclamation)The Deseret News' 200 word limit on
comments is similarly limiting. I so often mind myself wishing it was 250
words. (I carefully considered whether or not to end that sentence in an
exclamation point.) The English language is rich in punctuation,
adverbs, and adjectives that should be used, but used judiciously. The correct
response to misuse is seldom elimination. Far more often the correct response
is simply proper use.
Aw the exclamation point! I have to admit overuse, but with great verve! Such
enthusiasm on my part broke the 1/! key totally off of my old computer keyboard!
"Awesome" particularly brands the Utah missionaries who arrive at our
ward in South Carolina. They give themselves away every time!
Don't forget the overuse of the ellipsis... which gets... kinda old...