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Tue '11

The Exclamation Point

I have realized that I use exclamation points a lot in my writing. Whether is be on my blog, on twitter, in comments, text message or anything else. I had never really thought about it before. I am just such a happy person that I like to exclaim my excitement and happiness with a !. I mean I don’t use it after every sentence, but it does pop up a lot.

I was reading somewhere (AUGH, I wish I could find a link to where I read it!!) that if a person has to use an exclamation mark other than on very rare occasions, than they are not writing properly. Or something along those lines. I don’t really remember exactly what the person wrote, but, whatever they said, it made me feel self conscious of my exclamation points and when and where I use them.

I think that I am a fairly good writer. Sure, sometimes things I write don’t make perfect sense, but it’s not like I am writing a university paper. It’s a damn blog or tweet or whatever. What’s the big deal, right?!

Anyway, what are your thoughts on the exclamation mark?

On a completely unrelated note, my cleaning of the oven experiment went well. It didn’t catch on fire or anything. It made the house smell terrible, but it also made the kitchen really hot, which warmed up the rest of the house. Yay. I might have to do it again one day.

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3 Responses to “The Exclamation Point”

  • Cathrine
    November 16, 2011 @ 1:04 am

    I think that statement is true when it comes to papers / articles / business / professional writing. I’m very careful about using exclamation marks in mails to clients because it can be interpreted wrong. But personal writing, like a journal entry, tweet or message to a friend is completely different. That’s more like talking in text, and I’m often excited when I talk. If I would say the same sentence out loud, in an excited voice or pointing something out, I use an exclamation mark. Like this! That means my voice goes up at the end, hehe. In personal writing I think exclamation marks can be very effective to communicate how you feel, unless every single sentence ends with one. I think ou should keep writing in the way that feels right for you :D

  • Karin
    November 16, 2011 @ 2:28 am

    I agree with Cathrine – if it’s an article for a paper or a mail to a client then, yeah, maybe you should try to keep it somewhat “clean” and professional. But of course you should feel free to write personal blog posts/tweets however you want :) I don’t mind people overusing exclamation marks and smileys, if anything I like it! At least as long as it’s not so much it makes the text difficult to read :)

  • Manda
    November 18, 2011 @ 6:08 pm

    When it comes to personal writing (for yourself, on your blog, and things like that) I think you should feel free to write however you like!!!! With as many exclamations points as your little heart desires!!!!!

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