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What's the name for three dots, like this ... and why is it a bad thing?

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Doodle2U Mon 08-Sep-08 20:18:03

I use this a lot in my posts. Say I'm talking about a conversation that crops up in our house, repeatedly.

I might type "again and again and again..."

to signify it's continual. I'm sure I read on here that this practice get's on Pedants' tits. Why does it?

Tutter Mon 08-Sep-08 20:19:05

it's lazy construction ...

but i love it

Slouchy Mon 08-Sep-08 20:19:06


thisisyesterday Mon 08-Sep-08 20:21:52

ellipses. I love them too. some pedants get a bee in their bonnet about all kinds of things, it's best to ignore them and carry on :D

Doodle2U Mon 08-Sep-08 20:24:57

ellipses! I knew it had a name!

Ad infinitum means continually, doesn't it? I've wondered about typing that instead of the ellipseseseseses (what's the plural?!) but it seems a bit up it's own bottom. smile

EffiePerine Mon 08-Sep-08 20:26:37


ellipses presumably the plural

you should use spaces before and after though

Heated Mon 08-Sep-08 20:27:30


ChacunaSonGout Mon 08-Sep-08 20:28:25

i overuse this ...

impresses it has a name!

SorenLorensen Mon 08-Sep-08 20:31:06

It's ever so useful on MN though...because it mimics the rhythm of natural pausing...having a little think...then 'saying' the next bit...

And that's my justification for my wild over-use of ellipses on MN grin

Tommy Mon 08-Sep-08 20:31:44

I didn't know it had a name either and I use them all the time!

In my head it is usually followed by a hmm


SorenLorensen Mon 08-Sep-08 20:33:32

Oh I can't be arsed using spaces in between...

Twiglett Mon 08-Sep-08 20:33:50

I use 2 dots to break up my speech because I'm a renegade pedant

Twiglett Mon 08-Sep-08 20:34:18


regularlyoverwhelmed Mon 08-Sep-08 20:34:42

ellipses rock...

Twiglett Mon 08-Sep-08 20:34:47

do pedants not like ellipsis? Why have I not been informed of this fact?

SorenLorensen Mon 08-Sep-08 20:35:20

I think you're just bone idle...

Twiglett Mon 08-Sep-08 20:37:06

Nah I'm Zorro

specialmagiclady Mon 08-Sep-08 20:38:39

I tend to use them as a sort of replacement for the exclamation mark. You know how one might - in casual written "conversation" - use an exclamation mark to indicate "joke"? I use it to indicate irony.

eg. You caught your husband wanking on your keyboard again? He sounds like a charmer...

I give not a toss whether it is correct. I wouldn't use it in an essay... (see?)

SorenLorensen Mon 08-Sep-08 20:39:02


When dh and his brother were kids they had swords with chalk mounted into the ends so they could do that swish, swish, swish Zorro thing.

Twiglett Mon 08-Sep-08 20:40:03

god that's a cool idea <plans to try it out when kids are asleep>

GrimmaTheNome Mon 08-Sep-08 20:40:37

I like ellipses too in emails/posts, though not in proper writing unless it is being used in some suspenseful situation.

Now then, for anyone who didn't listen to My Fry on the radio this morning, guess the name given by typesetters to the (now rarely used) construct :-

Doodle2U Mon 08-Sep-08 20:40:50

I can't remember why the Peds don't like them. I just have a vague recollection that some of them were a bit sneary about them but dunno why ...

(They don't suit me wit that space in!)

SorenLorensen Mon 08-Sep-08 20:42:09

Well :- looks a bit like a willy to me, but that might just be my dirty mind.

Doodle2U Mon 08-Sep-08 20:42:45

Grimma - I don't understand the question! blush

Do you mean, what's the name for this



Twiglett Mon 08-Sep-08 20:42:59

I have never used an ellipsis offline.

I like my abidged version of them tbh.

And that sign :- is a pointer isn't it?

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