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I used to really look down my nose at exclamation points, but I feel so emphatic these days.

What if I start feeling so emphatic that I feel the need to use multiple exclamation points?!

I have always loved the interrobang!

 
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I've used that often, but didn't know it had a name. Thank you!

How many exclamation marks do you hope to be able to use at once?!
 
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Don't forget the exclamation comma. For when you have to put a huge emotion into the middle of an otherwise dull sentence.
 
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Michael Cox wrote:I've used that often, but didn't know it had a name. Thank you!

How many exclamation marks do you hope to be able to use at once?!



I hope I never get past one!


Don't forget the exclamation comma. For when you have to put a huge emotion into the middle of an otherwise dull sentence.



,!

The interropause! The position of the punctuation for dramatic pause is currently held by the ellipsis, but...

 
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Is it considered name calling to point out that you all are "punctuation nerds" (note my use of the "air quotes") heheh....

....and superfluous "ellipses" (and extraneous brackets).
 
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I'm a punctuation nerd AND a linguistics geek.

Plus I love lichen and moss.

 
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Ah, takes me back. I used to have a crush on Egon - nerds rule!

I <3 dung beetles and greywater.
 
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Proper (or improper) punctuation can completely change the context of what is written. Example:

A woman without her man is nothing.
A woman; without her, man is nothing.

 
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Interrobang is the formal version of WTF?.
 
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A woman with out Herman is no thing
 
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Sometimes I get so excited when discussing things that I have to stand up and use exaggerated gestures. When my helper, Freddy does this, he spits a little. It could be called !infinity. My computer doesn't make the infinity symbol.
 
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I was a chef in a previous life . I was working with some folks planning a menu for an upcoming trendy resaurant . One of the team members was a veteran restauranteur and a formidable magazine food critic . When the team brought up the prospect of serving the cliche "Three Cheese Pizza" my food maven friend nudged my elbow and loudly whispered towards my ear " You know , if it's good cheese you only need one" . So , maybe that rule applies here . If it's a good one , maybe you only need one .
 
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