Tiffany Gee Lewis: Time to kill the exclamation point!

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  • raybies Layton, UT
    Aug. 14, 2014 7:23 a.m.

    Don't forget the overuse of the ellipsis... which gets... kinda old... quickly!!!!!!

  • Mark C Gilbert, SC
    Aug. 13, 2014 10:30 p.m.

    "Awesome" particularly brands the Utah missionaries who arrive at our ward in South Carolina. They give themselves away every time!

    Aug. 13, 2014 6:32 p.m.

    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!

  • GeoMan SALEM, OR
    Aug. 13, 2014 3:22 p.m.

    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.

  • danielPA Newcastle, WA
    Aug. 13, 2014 2:42 p.m.

    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 yourself why....

  • NDM Sandy, UT
    Aug. 13, 2014 9:43 a.m.

    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."

  • Kjirstin Youngberg Mapleton, UT
    Aug. 13, 2014 7:42 a.m.

    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 She's your sister; you love her; it's not for publication, and how else can you show your enthusiasm, or, indeed, the amount of your enthusiasm, if not through the use of the overused exclamation point?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