Stop With Those Awful Exclamation Points
Steve Macone says they replace real friendliness
By Neal Colgrass, Newser Staff
Posted Jul 29, 2012 4:10 PM CDT
Witness the dreaded exclamation points.   (Flickr)

(Newser) – Who could hate a friendly little punctuation mark? Steve Macone could, and does, even though he's addicted to using it. "I've come to hate" exclamation points in texts and emails, he writes at Salon. "'See you at 1:00 for the meeting,' I type, and then hesitate: If I don’t add an exclamation point it sounds like I plan to kill the person when I get there." Sure exclamation points are friendly, but they replace "the effort of actually being friendly." Clicking Shift-1 is just too easy.

Marcone also hates how exclamation points reveal our insecure neediness right away. "That’s why we communicate to begin with, right?" Macone asks. "We need that invoice, please, need to follow up and confirm that meeting for 1 o’clock, need to check with a friend that they’re going to the awesome party!" Macone's solution: type the dreaded dot-line combo, pause, and delete it. "And just hope that when I do get to the meeting they’ll be pleasantly surprised that I don’t plan to kill them, that they just might like me, period." Click for the full article.

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Jul 30, 2012 4:50 PM CDT
I hate Steve Macone for writing an opinion peice he knows people will read and simultaneously hate!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! (and probably comment on!!!!!!!!!!!!!!)
Jul 30, 2012 11:06 AM CDT
Seriously Steve, if an exclamation point is all it takes to kick your ass, I have some bad news about the rest of your life.
Jul 30, 2012 9:59 AM CDT
Do you want to fuck me? I'd fuck me!!!!!! See? Not the same without the exclamation point.