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To be pissed off at the abuse of the exclamation mark?

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nenevomito Mon 22-Apr-13 12:37:06

Why end every sodding sentence in an exclamation mark instead of a full stop? It hurts my eyes and makes posts look silly.

The exclamation mark is a punctuation mark usually used after an interjection or exclamation to indicate strong feelings or high volume (shouting), and often marks the end of a sentence. Example: “Watch out!”

You don't bloody well need it when talking about boring shit. I keep seeing this kind of thing.

Hi! I went to the shops today! I bought a gorgeous dress!

Totally, totally wrong.

Even worse is the need to use !!!!!!!!! Why? What's wrong with one !?

Hi!!!! I went to the shops!!!!!! I bought a dress!!!! Someone was mean to me in the changing room as I sounded just so damned excited all the time!!!!!!!

Merrylegs Mon 22-Apr-13 15:19:30

Gruffalo - surely 'there my world?????'


SPsYoniTheOneAndOnly Mon 22-Apr-13 15:20:15

What?!?!?!?! Omg!!!!! That's sooooooo mean!! Why does it even bother you??? I dont get it!!!!!!


DystopianReality Mon 22-Apr-13 15:25:08

How I loathe the exclamation mark....I think this is much more effective.

Merrylegs Mon 22-Apr-13 15:28:23

Actually OP, if you haven't already, don't Twitter. The updates will drive you bonkers.

'Soandso has replied to your tweet!'

'You have a new follower on Twitter!'

Why the exclamation mark? To me, the subtext there is - 'I know, what are the chances eh?!'

ArbitraryUsername Mon 22-Apr-13 15:31:23

?! is definitely useful for expressing strong quizzical feelings (or the state that most of us enter on reading many of the bizarre posts on AIBU).

Sallyingforth Mon 22-Apr-13 15:34:05

I'm much more upset about too many apostrophe's.

ElizabethB1978 Mon 22-Apr-13 15:35:32

Really bad grammar that's what it these people not have a education?

TheChimpParadox Mon 22-Apr-13 15:38:20

OMG ! WTF ?!

LOL OP !!!

SoupDragon Mon 22-Apr-13 15:39:44

Shouldn't it be "pissed off with the abuse of the exclamation mark" ?


nenevomito Mon 22-Apr-13 15:51:35

Possibly SoupDragon, but my beef isn't with poor grammar today, it's with bloody exclamation marks! lol.

TheChimpParadox Mon 22-Apr-13 15:53:10

We need this !!
The Question Mark ???

StoicButStressed Mon 22-Apr-13 15:55:32

Soup <nods sagely>

Suspect it should be 'pissed of with the abuse of the exclamation mark';


'to be pissed off at the mis-use of the exclamation mark'

But WTF would I know? Am simple Journo who ensures my work is correctly 'exclaimed', but also a Mamma who LOVES MN and can FRQUENTLY see - and feel/desire - the need for MAHOOSIVE us of said exclaimation mark on here... !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Think OP should be more concerned with fact that our education system is appalling and some many people can't even spell or use even the most basic grammer correctly (IMHO)

StoicButStressed Mon 22-Apr-13 15:56:45

use (obv) - not us

< awaits OP wrath at touchscreen typogrin >

andubelievedthat Mon 22-Apr-13 15:58:59

Do try to get out more, nightschool/debating group?????????????????!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!, perhaps!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

StoicButStressed Mon 22-Apr-13 16:01:30

And grin

valiumredhead Mon 22-Apr-13 16:01:48

I would take your point on board if you were my English teacher and this was an English exam but it's not so eff off

drjohnsonscat Mon 22-Apr-13 16:02:41

YABU. It's much better than LOL.

MrsDeVere Mon 22-Apr-13 16:02:54

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

LegoAcupuncture Mon 22-Apr-13 16:05:46


I have a friend on FB who uses it all the time, in everything she puts. I think it's to make her life seem more exciting.

FuckThisShit Mon 22-Apr-13 16:36:30


Should it not be pissed OFF with.....?


SamuelWestsMistress Mon 22-Apr-13 16:39:23

I'm an exclamation harlot! I can't help it! I'm very conscious of it and I do try to contain my overuse but so often I'm just so bloody excited!

digerd Mon 22-Apr-13 16:47:14

I use it to express laughter, wow, shock, indignation, animation, wonder etc.

It or they must be taken in context.

I have used captal letters to accent/stress a word with no emotion inmlied by me. But received a reply from a man that he found it rude!! i.e shock

digerd Mon 22-Apr-13 16:48:43

!! , annoyed with my typo implied.

Buzzardbird Mon 22-Apr-13 16:51:20

Stoic Don't you mean grammar Ha, ha,ha! <runs>

Buzzardbird Mon 22-Apr-13 16:51:56

Ah bollocks, forgot the ? blush

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