Posted by: Laurel | October 18, 2012

: what’s a punctuation snob? :

Great post-from one snob to another…;)

the whirly girl

Well, that’s me. And I make no apologies for it.

In case you haven’t noticed, the world of punctuation has gone rogue. It’s no longer governed by rules or tradition or even common sense. No, the terrain of the written word has taken on the character of the Wild West — anything goes. It’s a rootin’ tootin’, by God, free-for-all.

The last straw for me was when I noticed exclamation points in two recent works of non-fiction. Exclamation points. In non-fiction, for pete’s sake. How can we take anything seriously when it’s punctuated like a fortune cookie? What’ll be next? Dotting the i’s with smiley faces? A line needs to be drawn.

I admit, albeit grudgingly, that exclamation points deserve a place in American letters. Shoot, they’re absolutely vital to ransom notes, as well as emails and text messages and yearbook entries and comic books. Then, too, where would the…

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