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The Exclamation Point (!!!!!)

abasketabasket 20205 replies892 threads Senior Member
I am definitely an over user of the exclamation point. If you survey my texts, posts and emails you would probably agree. :) I mean, I'm struggling RIGHT NOW to write three sentences and not use them. Haha.

I heard something recently that you should watch how many you use in emails at work. Busted. I mean, if I'm writing something serious or to someone formal that I don't know I would not be using !!!! frequently but "!!!" are my way of showing emphasis, excitement, even anger sometimes.

I think if I don't use "!!" in a text my kids worry that something is wrong !!

Wonder if this over use is a result of texting in general. That we are "chatting" more instead of like writing a letter so more emotions (different than emoticons). :)

Are you a punctuation user or abuser???
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  • cinnamon1212cinnamon1212 766 replies8 threads Member
    I use exclamation points, way, way too much!!
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  • milgymfammilgymfam 1205 replies21 threads Senior Member
    edited February 13
    I rarely use or abuse exclamation points, but I am guilty of massive overuse and misuse of ellipses... I just can’t help myself.
    edited February 13
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  • abasketabasket 20205 replies892 threads Senior Member
    I do the same Milgymfam...... A LOT!
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  • MeddyMeddy 550 replies36 threads Member
    I am constantly deleting them and replacing with a period. So basically, I think I am telling myself to chill out :)
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  • Youdon'tsayYoudon'tsay 19411 replies462 threads Senior Member
    I'm a little extra in all things punctuation.
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  • momofsenior1momofsenior1 8751 replies82 threads Senior Member
    Guilty!!! 😉
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  • great lakes momgreat lakes mom 3038 replies28 threads Senior Member
    Well, of course, so excitable!!!!!
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  • oregon101oregon101 5617 replies137 threads Senior Member
    I use ! in texts frequently. Tests are harder to convey emotions to me.
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  • NhatrangNhatrang 550 replies1 threads Member
    I use parenthesis much more than exclamation.
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  • ChaosParent23ChaosParent23 587 replies34 threads Member
    I grossly overuse excitable adjectives, ...., and !!!
    DH says I text like I talk... but isn't that the point?!! I want it to sound like me, not a robot.
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  • TigerleTigerle 433 replies5 threads Member
    I love ellipses....it’s kinda how I talk and think....
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  • oldfortoldfort 23122 replies294 threads Senior Member
    I don't mind exclamation point, but very much dislike capital letters. All I could think of is "stop shouting."
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  • VeryHappyVeryHappy 18746 replies328 threads Senior Member
    I was an editor for 10 years and then worked in the field of communicating benefit programs for another 10 or so. So I really try to make every word and every piece of punctuation appropriate. (I also loved diagramming sentences in 7th grade.) I try to use exclamation points (what we called "bang" in my editing days) only when I want to express excitement or wonder.
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  • LindagafLindagaf 9910 replies538 threads Senior Member
    edited February 14
    I saw a documentary on this, which basically said it’s a faddy thing and will eventually complete it’s natural cycle of overuse, until it becomes a thing again. Exclamation marks became a big thing, if I recall, in the 50’s when things were New! and Improved!

    Anyway, I have made a conscious effort to not use them so much. The consequence is that because using a period now means you’re angry, I’ve taken to not ending my final sentence with one
    edited February 14
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  • emilybeeemilybee 13226 replies35 threads Senior Member
    I’m guilty, too.

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  • KnowsstuffKnowsstuff 5453 replies25 threads Senior Member
    I really don't know that the OP is talking about!!!

    I do tend to do it more with questions marks that drive my wife crazy. Just like what @abasket did with her last sentence in the first post . Don't you agree????

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