My friend Jill shared this article last week.
Reading the article made me laugh because I think I am an exclamation point addict!
The author’s point about needing to include feeling or energy in emails and texts and comments is the exact reason I use them. Being a pretty expressive personality, the need to share that expression in my writing leads me to use exclamation marks.
If I were speaking the word “great” or laughing, both would be done with feeling and oomph. Simply writing “great” or “ha ha ha” doesn’t quite portray my emotion like “Great!” and “Ha! Ha! Ha!” does, in my head at least.
Of course, when writing letters or emails for work my grammar is more professional. Most of the time, my excessive exclamation points are limited to personal writing. However, my feelings about people who email or post using poor grammar (especially your vs you’re, their vs they’re, etc.) lean towards negative, so I must think about this perpetual punctuation.
I will try to limit this overuse starting now!
What do you think? Are exclamation points overused in emails and social media? Are they losing their effectiveness because they are overused? Or do you read with excitement and feeling when you see one (or ten)?