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(Salon)   The latest e-mail annoyance? Overzealous punctuation, often exclamation points, which make it seem like people "type so breathlessly, like they're skydiving to prom"   (salon.com) divider line 115
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2012-07-29 01:38:51 PM
white people problems at 6!!!
 
2012-07-29 01:39:43 PM
www.hollowgen.net
 
2012-07-29 01:41:52 PM
It's email. Write like ee cummings if you want. You're not being graded on grammar or punctuation!?
 
2012-07-29 01:41:59 PM
One of my Facebook contacts likes to write "lol" after every post. Sometimes "lolol" in case he doesn't think you understand how funny something is.
 
2012-07-29 01:42:19 PM
That was an ok article!1!!!
 
2012-07-29 01:44:00 PM
I find myself not caring!
 
2012-07-29 01:44:05 PM

AMonkey'sUncle


You're not being graded on grammar or punctuation!?


Are you asking us or telling us?
 
2012-07-29 01:44:45 PM

The latest e-mail annoyance?


Your mom?
 
2012-07-29 01:45:08 PM
When did "the prom" become just "prom"?
 
2012-07-29 01:45:11 PM
Sandy vagina needed page views.
 
2012-07-29 01:45:41 PM
I have an old HIGH school FRIEND!!!!..............Who's every POST on FACEBOOK...........looks like THIS!.....yessssssssssssssssss
 
2012-07-29 01:45:45 PM
Good lord, I don't often grammar nazi, but the multiple exclamation marks thing bugs the fark out of me.
 
2012-07-29 01:45:51 PM
I was taught never to use an exclamation point when writing, unless it's a direct quote. Therefore, I write like Stephen Wright speaks. You are now reading this post in his voice.
 
2012-07-29 01:46:13 PM

AMonkey'sUncle: It's email. Write like ee cummings if you want. You're not being graded on grammar or punctuation!?


I tend to judge people based on their spelling, grammar and punctuation. I doubt that I'm the only one who does this.
 
2012-07-29 01:46:27 PM
YOU'LL GET OVER IT!!!
 
2012-07-29 01:46:57 PM
i2.cdnds.net

We are amused.
 
2012-07-29 01:49:13 PM
kateblogsnow.files.wordpress.com
 
2012-07-29 01:49:15 PM


Nina Haagen Dazs


I tend to judge people based on their spelling, grammar and punctuation. I doubt that I'm the only one who does this.


Unfortunately you did not use the Oxford comma. Try not to abrade your knuckles on the floor on the way out.

:-)
 
2012-07-29 01:49:27 PM
Second only to....................people who use too many...........................periods in their...........(often times unnecessary).............ellipses........................

Too many times I've had to...............................disable Accessibility Options because of these..........................mother.......................farking... ........................geniuses.................................

/............................
//.................................................
///.......................slashies........................
 
2012-07-29 01:51:35 PM

Englebert Slaptyback: Nina Haagen Dazs

I tend to judge people based on their spelling, grammar and punctuation. I doubt that I'm the only one who does this.


Unfortunately you did not use the Oxford comma. Try not to abrade your knuckles on the floor on the way out.

:-)


Oh, snap!!!!!
:D
 
2012-07-29 01:51:38 PM

meh...: I was taught never to use an exclamation point when writing, unless it's a direct quote. Therefore, I write like Stephen Wright speaks. You are now reading this post in his voice.


Oh yeah? I imagine everything I read being read in Morgan Freeman's voice. Now you are reading this entire post in Morgan Freeman's voice.

/Titty sprinkles.
//Also slashies.
 
2012-07-29 01:52:33 PM

whatshisname: I have an old HIGH school FRIEND!!!!..............Who's every POST on FACEBOOK...........looks like THIS!.....yessssssssssssssssss


You're, "Friend", is one step away from joining a cult and taking part in a massacre to cleanse the world of demons. After which he/she will bake a cake. THE BEST, MOST DELICIOUS CAKE EVER BAKED !

//either agree with the loon or back away.... QUICKLY!!!!! OMG, IT HAS A CHAINSAW AND A BLENDER!!!!!! RUN!!!!!!
 
2012-07-29 01:53:47 PM
I'm sorry, but "feeling breathless" reading badly punctuated email does not even compare to the breathlessness of "Episode 18 - Penelope" from Ulysses.

Reading "Penelope" is like falling rapidly down hill tumbling over and over and over inside a barrel or truck tire unable to stop for farking miles and *never* being able to catch your breath while another part of you is simultaneously skydiving naked from the edge of space without an oxygen mask and when you hit atmosphere the wind whips around your dangly bits oh yes oh yes oh yes oh yes.
 
2012-07-29 01:54:02 PM
[IRONY] -- Article about exclamations puts readers to sleep
 
2012-07-29 01:54:42 PM
Myra had the baby
 
2012-07-29 01:55:18 PM
Yeah, I'm a little sensitive to the exclamation points thing - I'm trying to give 'em a rest. And emoticons - well, I date online, so I'm forever trying to gauge people's preferences in these matters. I wonder what it would be like to just write how I like, and let everybody deal with it...? Also, though, I'm sure my main issue is ellipses; I abuse the hell out of them. I'm sure a shrink or handwriting analyst would have something to say about fearing commitment or something....
 
2012-07-29 01:57:18 PM

meh...: I was taught never to use an exclamation point when writing, unless it's a direct quote. Therefore, I write like Stephen Wright speaks. You are now reading this post in his voice.


Sister Mary taught us-- beat us with a ruler until it was a conditioned refex --that an exclamation point is required after an interjection. Huh!
 
2012-07-29 01:58:26 PM
That's reflex, not refex.
 
2012-07-29 01:58:31 PM
I don't email. You can FB message me or text me, but fark this email bullshiat.
 
2012-07-29 02:00:39 PM

Hawnkee: Second only to....................people who use too many...........................periods in their...........(often times unnecessary).............ellipses........................

Too many times I've had to...............................disable Accessibility Options because of these..........................mother.......................farking... ........................geniuses.................................

/............................
//.................................................
///.......................slashies........................


Ugh, yeah, I abuse ellipses, but I ALWAYS USE THEM PROPERLY!! I hate people that use too many periods. Or two. Or freakin' commas. My FB friends must be particularly dumb....
 
2012-07-29 02:05:14 PM

LowbrowDeluxe: Good lord, I don't often grammar nazi, but the multiple exclamation marks thing bugs the fark out of me.


i3.kym-cdn.com
 
2012-07-29 02:08:18 PM
I hate it when people go ALL CAPS to emphasize whatever goddamn POINT they are trying to make.
 
2012-07-29 02:08:58 PM

Hawnkee: Second only to....................people who use too many...........................periods in their...........(often times unnecessary).............ellipses........................

Too many times I've had to...............................disable Accessibility Options because of these..........................mother.......................farking... ........................geniuses.................................

/............................
//.................................................
///.......................slashies........................


I wonder what (╯°□°)╯︵ ┻━┻) does to accessibility options...
 
2012-07-29 02:12:45 PM

Doctor Funkenstein: When did "the prom" become just "prom"?


When it changed from being an event to a destination.
 
2012-07-29 02:13:05 PM
CRUISE CONTROL FOR COOL!!!eleventy!!!!!
 
2012-07-29 02:13:14 PM

Nina Haagen Dazs: AMonkey'sUncle: It's email. Write like ee cummings if you want. You're not being graded on grammar or punctuation!?

I tend to judge people based on their spelling, grammar and punctuation. I doubt that I'm the only one who does this.


Oh you're not. I've always found sardonic humor in having a boss whose grammar is effectively several grades below my own. I'll get an email such as:

"see u at the meeting. their are some things im exited to discus"

Seeing that my inner grammar Nazi kicks in, and I just grin and think to myself, "And yet somehow, that person is my boss."

Sure I make grammar errors too. Everyone does. At least I try to make the effort to proof-read and edit my own work before making myself appear like a juvenile.
 
2012-07-29 02:13:48 PM

skinink: One of my Facebook contacts likes to write "lol" after every post. Sometimes "lolol" in case he doesn't think you understand how funny something is.


This reminds me of a funny facebook picture where some guy convinced his grandma that lol was short for "lots of love". It was all fun and games until someone died and grandma posted something like, "I'm sorry to hear your father died, LOL!"
 
2012-07-29 02:16:00 PM

Agent Smiths Laugh: Nina Haagen Dazs: AMonkey'sUncle: It's email. Write like ee cummings if you want. You're not being graded on grammar or punctuation!?

I tend to judge people based on their spelling, grammar and punctuation. I doubt that I'm the only one who does this.

Oh you're not. I've always found sardonic humor in having a boss whose grammar is effectively several grades below my own. I'll get an email such as:

"see u at the meeting. their are some things im exited to discus"

Seeing that, my inner grammar Nazi kicks in, and I just grin and think to myself, "And yet somehow, that person is my boss."

Sure I make grammar errors too. Everyone does. At least I try to make the effort to proof-read and edit my own work before making myself appear like a juvenile.


See? Forgot a comma where it's appropriate. But I, unlike my typical leadership, actually noticed.
 
2012-07-29 02:16:13 PM

RogermcAllen: skinink: One of my Facebook contacts likes to write "lol" after every post. Sometimes "lolol" in case he doesn't think you understand how funny something is.

This reminds me of a funny facebook picture where some guy convinced his grandma that lol was short for "lots of love". It was all fun and games until someone died and grandma posted something like, "I'm sorry to hear your father died, LOL!"


i.qkme.me
 
2012-07-29 02:16:30 PM

Agent Smiths Laugh:
Sure I make grammar grammatical errors too. Everyone does. At least I try to make the effort to proof-read and edit my own work before making myself appear like a juvenile.


FTFY
 
2012-07-29 02:16:50 PM
Nina Haagen Dazs

Englebert Slaptyback: Nina Haagen Dazs

I tend to judge people based on their spelling, grammar and punctuation. I doubt that I'm the only one who does this.


Unfortunately you did not use the Oxford comma. Try not to abrade your knuckles on the floor on the way out.

:-)

Oh, snap!!!!!
:D



I've had discussions with friends over this very topic. When writing, I tend to follow the Chicago Manual of Style, only because that's the reference book I have. It says to use the oxford comma. But journalists, who supposedly use the AP manual won't use the oxford. Either way, both are technically correct.

/not a writer, just a nerd.
 
2012-07-29 02:18:08 PM
I had a writing teacher to said that every writer has a lifetime allotment of just 9 exclamation points. Choose them carefully.

I think I've used up 5 or 6. And yes, I'm a professional writer.
 
2012-07-29 02:20:47 PM

Lost_in_Oregon: meh...: I was taught never to use an exclamation point when writing, unless it's a direct quote. Therefore, I write like Stephen Wright speaks. You are now reading this post in his voice.

Sister Mary taught us-- beat us with a ruler until it was a conditioned refex --that an exclamation point is required after an interjection. Huh!


Huh, indeed.
 
2012-07-29 02:21:50 PM

Agent Smiths Laugh: Nina Haagen Dazs: AMonkey'sUncle: It's email. Write like ee cummings if you want. You're not being graded on grammar or punctuation!?

I tend to judge people based on their spelling, grammar and punctuation. I doubt that I'm the only one who does this.

Oh you're not. I've always found sardonic humor in having a boss whose grammar is effectively several grades below my own. I'll get an email such as:

"see u at the meeting. their are some things im exited to discus"

Seeing that my inner grammar Nazi kicks in, and I just grin and think to myself, "And yet somehow, that person is my boss."

Sure I make grammar errors too. Everyone does. At least I try to make the effort to proof-read and edit my own work before making myself appear like a juvenile.


^this, very much so. I'm very careful, and the only spelling errors usually seen within my posts are typos, not actual spelling issues
 
2012-07-29 02:22:43 PM

lilplatinum: Agent Smiths Laugh:
Sure I make grammar grammatical errors too. Everyone does. At least I try to make the effort to proof-read and edit my own work before making myself appear like a juvenile.

FTFY


Heh, well played, though I'd argue that my use of grammar above is viable since nouns often get used as adjectives, but since their is no dictionary entry for grammar as an adjective, I have to give you that one.
 
2012-07-29 02:23:27 PM

Agent Smiths Laugh: At least I try to make the effort to proof-read and edit my own work before making myself appear like a juvenile.


Poooof! (appears like a juvenile in a cloud of smoke, and perhaps dust)
 
2012-07-29 02:26:50 PM

Doctor Funkenstein: When did "the prom" become just "prom"?


I read it as 'porn'.
 
2012-07-29 02:26:55 PM

SevenizGud: Agent Smiths Laugh: At least I try to make the effort to proof-read and edit my own work before making myself appear like a juvenile.

Poooof! (appears like a juvenile in a cloud of smoke, and perhaps dust)


Fixed that for you.

And don't get me started on your parenthetical fragment mister!
 
2012-07-29 02:30:40 PM

skinink: One of my Facebook contacts likes to write "lol" after every post. Sometimes "lolol" in case he doesn't think you understand how funny something is.


I picked up "loooooooool" from some old friends of mine, the longer the funnier. If it's long enough, I might have actually chuckled!

I'm just glad smartphones have mostly eliminated txtspk in daily writing.
 
2012-07-29 02:33:56 PM
Listens, grammar am for people what can't think for MYSELF! Understanded me?
 
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