Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Wow! Exclamation Points!!!!!!!

Stuart Jeffries (!), at the Guardian (!!), writes about our expanding usage (!) of the exclamation point!

From the story!

exclamation marks - those forms of punctuation derided by the funless and fastidious - are making a comeback, thanks to an internet renaissance that is bleeding over into every form of written communication. Once it was bad form to end a paragraph with an exclamation mark. Now it's borderline obligatory. Once it was enough to put a sign on your door: "Back in five minutes." Now, without the flourish of an exclamation mark, that sign lacks verve or at least zeitgeisty voguishness. Go figure!

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