When people use exclamation points after every sentence....

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Posted: 3/22/2011 8:59:02 PM
I'm a very big exclaimer! !!


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Posted: 3/22/2011 9:43:49 PM
I am so disappointed!! I thought this thread would be full!!!! full!!! of exclamation marks!!!! And instead I find the majority of posts!!!! The majority!!! of posts don't even have more than one!!!!!

!!!!!!!

You peas are letting me down!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Posted: 3/22/2011 11:10:06 PM

You n me r like peas n carrots!


LOL! That's awesome!

I apologize for the lack of exclamation points in my previous posts, I was just trying to prove I really do have proper punctuation skills when I choose to use them!

!!!!!!!!!!

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Posted: 3/22/2011 11:15:29 PM
Count me in as another one who does it a lot too!

When I re-read my posts, I know when I was typing in a good mood(!) versus not so good.

I can't help it. When I'm happy, I'm happy!

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Posted: 3/22/2011 11:29:17 PM

I immediately classify those people as fruitcakes. You just can't have that many sentences with exclamation points.


Rosemary - aka - Fruitcake droppin' by to say that when I saw the post heading, I thought it was being written just for me!! Sadly, I see that it's not all about me - I am just one of the offenders! What?! - The world does not stop or start, based on what I'm doing - or writing?!

And - then - if you really want to get your knickers in a knot over something, there's the dang posters that use dashes and dots scattered throughout their whole post! (oh wait - I'm one of those posters, too!)

I guess I haven't really noticed people's punctuation or sentence construction too much - the content of what they have to say is so much more interesting.

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Posted: 3/23/2011 10:41:23 AM

It's a message board. It's different than real life and it's different than a paper in school.
ummm-yeah

I immediately classify those people as fruitcakes.
really?

OMGosh! You peaple!! You have to make such a big! deal! about everything!!!
agree

Use sparingly. No more than one per page, and only for truly amazing or surprising concepts. Otherwise the readers (and editors) will start rolling their eyes at the excessive enthusiasm of our authors!
but it is all amazing or surprising

I pretty much casually write exactly the way I speak - dashes, elipses and exclamation points included.
don't you?

I'm an equal opportunity punctuation abuser. I love to ** and ... and ?! and !!!
so there!!!!!!!

But what I really hate is when someone overuses the pea-quote feature and smileys

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Posted: 3/23/2011 10:57:17 AM

I pretty much casually write exactly the way I speak - dashes, elipses and exclamation points included.



This is me. I do understand that not everyone else things/talks with excessive punctuation, so I try to tone it down... But it's very much how I think.

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Posted: 3/23/2011 11:36:03 AM
without the exclamation point, how would we know what level of Pea Livid someone was?

Pea Livid. or Pea Livid! or Pea Livid!! or Pea Livid!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


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Posted: 3/23/2011 11:37:54 AM
I think exclamation points can be used in a way that's not over-the-top, but I don't think many people find that balance, haha. I try to use them very sparingly.

Was it Mark Twain who said that using an exclamation point was like laughing at your own joke ?


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Posted: 3/23/2011 11:43:33 AM
I knew someone on another Message board and she ALWAYS ALWAYS used 2 periods..


I did ask her once, I said something like "hey, I was wondering why you put 2 periods at the end of every sentience?"

She was like "Oh I never even noticed"

I thought she was kinda 'odd' anyway. I mean you would KNOW if you were putting 2 periods all the time. I mean wouldnt you? And I remember responding back like oh, I thought maybe your keyboard was broken or something. Nope.



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Posted: 3/23/2011 11:47:40 AM
Sweet Tiny Jamie! I didn't know I was being such a pain!

I never use exclamation points IRL. I portray a different image at work, home and church than I do on this message board. I use this message board to be the unedited me because I don't know any of you. IRL I have an image to keep up. My public demands it of me.

Please be patient with me. I am here to have fun!!!!!!!!!

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Posted: 3/23/2011 11:54:09 AM
Okay, I'm officially paranoid now. I'm rereading my posts, Facebook posts, and emails wondering...am I using,!!!!! too often? Am I irritating others? Do people think I'm shouting at them? Gee thanks!!


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Posted: 3/23/2011 12:51:32 PM
I'm not against them -- I think in the internet world they can indicate enthusiasm.

My issue is that when you use them on every sentence, they lose their meaning. Kind of like yelling at your kids too much -- pretty soon they tune it out and it has no effect. Not that I believe in yelling as form of disciple. But when your kids are about to run out in front of a car, you want your yelling to really grab their attention.

If you emphasize everything, you don't emphasize anything.


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Posted: 3/23/2011 1:14:18 PM
!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Just because I can!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


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Posted: 3/23/2011 1:23:11 PM

People misunderstand here all.the.time, so I think ! helps show emotion.... and then it just becomes fun!!



I agree. I think some people use them as a way to try to make their posts seem light-hearted and friendly.

Others just use a bunch of smiley faces, instead.

I, myself, tend to include smiley faces quite often. Like so....

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Posted: 3/23/2011 1:35:28 PM
I find this entire post to be SOOO FUNNY!!!!!!!

I also like to use..... SPACES.....

To represent dramatic pauses.



Too much????????


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Posted: 3/23/2011 1:42:48 PM
Call me an over-zealous exclamation point user!!!! And I love smilies, too!






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Posted: 3/23/2011 1:43:27 PM

Apparently, ellipses and dashes are my FAVORITE forms of punctuation.
Hello. My name is Becky.

(Hi Becky)

I am guilty of using ellipses and dashes here in an attempt to convey the way I talk--you know--in real life. And since there are no em dashes, I use double dashes.

I'm sorry if it distracts from my message. I'll just slink back into my corner now ... and curl up into a fetal position.

But really, points should be given for the proper use of ellipses: a space before and a space after. (Shouldn't they?)

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Posted: 3/23/2011 1:57:16 PM
Okay, I have to be honest here.

Reading posts with lots of exclamation points actually causes me a lot of anxiety. I have no idea why. I have no problem with appropriate use of them, but I can't read a post where every sentence is ended with an exclamation point.

It literally raises my anxiety level and my heart starts pounding, my head starts buzzing, etc.

I have no idea why. Does that make me a fruitcake? Probably.

BTW--the thread you are referring to where the OP ended every sentence with an exclamation mark? Yeah--I didn't make it through that post either. I had to try and figure out the subject matter by reading the other posts following it. Hard to do, since a lot of people used exclamation points, too! (see, I can use them myself! LOL)

Edited for (ironically) grammar.


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Posted: 3/23/2011 1:58:50 PM
I was referring to posts similar to the one that Yubon quoted. In that type of post, was the poster mentioned trying to convey some kind of emotion, or, like Yubon said, does she just not know the appropriate use of punctuation marks? I'm not referring to everyone else who only use ! after every OTHER sentence. Just those who use it after EVERY sentence (and there may be more than one !! after particular sentences as well). I'm trying to come up with my own example but am having difficulty with that. The ones I am thinking of in previous posts were ones where it really didn't seem to make sense having !! after every sentence.



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Posted: 3/23/2011 2:04:32 PM
I don't really care to over'anal'ze how people type on a message board. To me the added punctuation is like talking with your hands only in type.


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Posted: 3/23/2011 2:28:39 PM


(I do think it is a substitute for "talking with my hands". Since I can't talk with my hands on the internet, I EXCLAIM! my little heart out!)




Me too..........and now its killing me not to use them!!!!!!!!!! (sorry, could not post without pushing that very special key)



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Posted: 3/23/2011 5:57:33 PM

Was it Mark Twain who said that using an exclamation point was like laughing at your own joke ?


But my jokes are *really* funny....... to me...... and if *I* don't laugh at them, who will?!!!!!

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Posted: 3/23/2011 6:04:41 PM
I punctuate much differently on a message board or an email than in technical writing such as for education or work. In these social situations, I think punctuation helps to inject emotion. I'm sure you've heard people say that they can't tell the tone of an email or post, so using these types of punctuations helps add emotion in. Just my thoughts. Same with the smileys.

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Posted: 3/23/2011 6:13:15 PM
I suspect it's a sign of "text talk" taking over.

An exclamation point can often serve as an emoticon of sorts. It is enthusiastic and reads "friendly" when a plain period may sometimes appear dull or even snippy.

I wish we could drive a stake through the heart of LOL used as a telegraph stop.

"I am home from work (LOL). My dog puked on the carpet LOL. I think I'll have a bottle of wine LOL. My goldfish died LOL."

I think some people HONESTLY have no idea what LOL means.

I feel the same way about ROTFLMAO. If you are really rolling on the floor, how are you typing then hmmm???

hmmmm!!!




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Posted: 3/23/2011 6:16:23 PM
But we aren't talking about people who use exclamation marks a lot! This is in reference to people who use it after each sentence! They aren't trying to show excitement! I don't think they are doing it for emphasis! I don't know why they do it! I do agree with a couple posters, though! I read those sentences like I would read a telegram! I have to come to a full stop after every sentence!

REALLY, IT IS THE SAME AS IF YOU WRITE IN ALL CAPS! STOP YELLING AT ME!!!!


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Posted: 3/23/2011 6:47:01 PM
I admit it, I'm guilty!!! I'm just one of those upbeat people!! I plan to continue doing so too!!!! So go ahead and brand me a "fruitcake!!". So there!


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Posted: 3/23/2011 7:05:20 PM

I think some people HONESTLY have no idea what LOL means.

I feel the same way about ROTFLMAO. If you are really rolling on the floor, how are you typing then hmmm???



My sister and I actually had a long text conversation on ROFLMAO. It was hilarious. I can not look at it now with out cracking up. So now, I always send her "LQTM" which means, "Laughing quietly to myself" and is way closer to the truth!

As for the !!!!'s, I am sure I'm guilty of it. I tend to get excited and just go with whatever comes out! HAHA. I do think putting the ! at the end of every sentence reads as if they are screaming (and I wonder if they come up for air) but its really not a big deal. Sometimes I find it fun and exciting myself... really depends on the subject matter.

This thread has been a hoot though! Totally loving it!

My mom writes all her.... emails like...this....Its super annoying...and we have....tried to say...something to her...but it goes over....her little head.....she never finishes a.....sentence.....and always continues.......it with the periods that must be her stopping.......to think her thought.......through....unfortunate, she.....posts on FB.......like this too......It has become......one of those silly.....inside family jokes.....that she doesn't get....but to be fair....she does kind of.....talk like this in real life....she starts talking....turns her head......mumbles....turns back and.....finishes the sentence....and we are all like .....so at least......we don't have much......of this.....here......if we did...I'd probably crack up.....and really....ROFLMAO!!!!!!!!

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Posted: 3/23/2011 7:10:26 PM
I don't know if anyone else has commented on this but I think it is hilarious when the thread is at the top.

You know, right under

"Two Peas turned 12! And we made a fun little video!"





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Posted: 3/23/2011 7:19:22 PM
I am guilty of overusing the exclamation point in casual writing. But when I use one, it's because I'm excited about something. If I were speaking aloud, my eyebrows would be raised and I would definitely be speaking in an excited voice. In casual writing, I tend to write the way I speak.

However, I am also in college (again!). <--Heh! I have to do a lot of writing in my classes, and not once have I used an exclamation point in that writing.

But when I'm writing casually, look out!! I LOVE the exclamation point!!


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Posted: 3/23/2011 7:26:16 PM

Guilty!!

(I do think it is a substitute for "talking with my hands". Since I can't talk with my hands on the internet, I EXCLAIM! my little heart out!)


LMAO! yes!


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Posted: 3/23/2011 7:37:06 PM
I exlaim my little heart out too.

And do the ..... all the time..... yep.... that's me....


And when I want to put emphasis on one word, I tend to put it in capital letters like THIS. I'm not screaming THIS, just emphasizing. As I feel screaming is more of a whole paragraph, or at least more than one sentence. One word in capital letters is just emphasizing. In my mind.

I over use the and the too. I the postor child of what not to do on here. I own it.

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Posted: 3/23/2011 10:01:08 PM

And do the ..... all the time..... yep.... that's me....
Oh thank goodness it's not just me. I was afraid I had gone so overboard that I was being singled out.

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Posted: 3/23/2011 10:04:01 PM

I wish we could drive a stake through the heart of LOL used as a telegraph stop.

"I am home from work (LOL). My dog puked on the carpet LOL. I think I'll have a bottle of wine LOL. My goldfish died LOL."
Drives me batty when someone says something snide and then adds the LOL like "you can't be snide back, after all, it was just a joke." Ptuuii.

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Posted: 3/24/2011 12:54:40 AM

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I don't know if anyone else has commented on this but I think it is hilarious when the thread is at the top.

You know, right under

"Two Peas turned 12! And we made a fun little video!"








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Posted: 3/24/2011 1:20:09 AM
Too much exclamatory punctuation makes me jittery.

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Posted: 3/24/2011 1:23:06 AM
I use message boards for recreation, so my typing is more informal than in a professional setting.

I exclaim!!!

I trail off in thought........and then come back again.......

I smile

I use asterisks for *emphasis* because I'm too lazy to type out the controls for italics.

...and sometimes I'll start a sentence with a few periods, a conjunction, and finish them all off with an exclamation and a horrified expression!!!


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Posted: 3/24/2011 4:16:26 AM
My boss does that in emails. It's weird. I don't think that she's very bright.

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Posted: 3/24/2011 10:18:02 AM
I'll see your LOL, and raise you two exclamation points----

because I hate LOL----

so exclaim away!!!!!!!

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Posted: 3/24/2011 10:22:30 AM
I am an enthusiastic person and I will use the exclamation point when I feel like it.

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Posted: 3/24/2011 10:24:11 AM
I use exclamation points a lot on the message board as well. I see it as a sign of enthusiasm.


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Posted: 3/25/2011 3:58:32 PM
I just have to post this from FB. One of my friends posted it this morning.

big weekend!!!!!!!!!! Lots of fun things going on!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Can't wait!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


I can't be rude to him so I'm doing it here.
He *always* posts happy!! fun!!! stuff. Every weekend and sometimes during the week. Dude, your life is not that great!!!!



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Posted: 3/25/2011 4:02:46 PM

I use exclamation points a lot on the message board as well. I see it as a sign of enthusiasm.
Thank you, that's me too. However, the day this thread started, I had re-written a few posts b/c I realized just how much I use it - so I AM working on it.








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Posted: 3/25/2011 4:59:53 PM

Hey, I tested out of English in college because of my essay scores on the paper I wrote at freshman orientation, and I was the person everyone brought their papers to for proofreading. My projects from my tech writing class were used as examples of the highest score possible for several semesters after I took the class. I think I have some mad English skills, but I still do whatever I want on a message board.

Well, except for the tech writing class projects, I was the same! I like to use dashes a lot, too. I also "LOL" more than I really should.


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Posted: 3/25/2011 5:57:28 PM


Here is a typical example of an email from my boss:

Hi everyone!


Hope that all is going well! We have a meeting on Thursday afternoon! No PM preschool! Your assessments are due on April first! I also need your purchase orders! Transition meetings begin next month, so check your calendars!

That is really how the woman writes.

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Posted: 3/25/2011 6:04:15 PM

I use message boards for recreation, so my typing is more informal than in a professional setting.

I exclaim!!!

I trail off in thought........and then come back again.......

I smile

I use asterisks for *emphasis* because I'm too lazy to type out the controls for italics.

...and sometimes I'll start a sentence with a few periods, a conjunction, and finish them all off with an exclamation and a horrified expression!!!


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Posted: 3/25/2011 7:55:41 PM
Periods are boring. Exclamation points are not!

See? Doesn't the second sentence look so much more interesting?

Now, if you really want to be original, colons are the way to go:

See?

Ooooooo....the semicolon, too! I love me some well placed semicolon!


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Posted: 3/25/2011 7:56:56 PM
English teacher view -- Exclamation marks denote strong emotion. So when I read one I just think the person has . . . strong emotion.


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Posted: 3/25/2011 10:01:35 PM
I sent the following e-mails to my team members (the team is comprised of a Judge, two attorneys (I am one of them), a paralegal, and a hearing clerk.)


Good morning team!

I've been trying to access the Judge's spreadsheet, but have been unable to do so because someone has not closed it.

If you have the spreadsheet open and have finished updating it, could you please close the file?

Thanks!

Angievp.


I have been told that my emails are too "curt" so I use exclamation points to imbue them with some sense of "enthusiasm," if you will.


What I really wanted to say was, "Close the Fing spreadsheet so I can close out this order in our system. SHEESH PEOPLE!!!!





*Fresca*
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Posted: 3/25/2011 10:13:30 PM

I use message boards for recreation, so my typing is more informal than in a professional setting.

I exclaim!!!

I trail off in thought........and then come back again.......

I smile

I use asterisks for *emphasis* because I'm too lazy to type out the controls for italics.

...and sometimes I'll start a sentence with a few periods, a conjunction, and finish them all off with an exclamation and a horrified expression!!!


My thoughts exactly!
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