Wednesday, April 29, 2009


... The joy of exclamation marks! (Hat tip, Dave Lull.)


  1. Anonymous7:13 AM

    You'd be a fool to hate exclamation marks, but a bigger fool not to be concerned by the widespread misuse of them. Like many swear words, I think they're best employed for effect - and it's presumptious and self-defeating to suppose that every sentence deserves one.

  2. D. Keith Mano, a novelist and journalist, opined this about exclamation marks: "The exclamation mark should be used only in dialogue, and then only when the speaker has just been disemboweled." This is an opinion for which I have some sympathy.

  3. Anonymous9:53 AM

    As in, one presumes: 'Ow! That really hurt!'

    I am inclined to agree.

  4. I thought I'd just pass along my concurrence. The problem with the exclamation point, except when used humorously, is that it tends to belabor the obvious.