Oh, exclamation mark. I know that our relationship is wrong, but it feels so right.
I’ve been taught to despise this overly perky punctuation. Your words are supposed to create the mood, not the punctuation. Adding ‘!!!’ to show excitement or anger is both unnecessary, and, according to many, severely annoying. Acclaimed authors agree:
- Cut out all those exclamation marks. An exclamation mark is like laughing at your own jokes.
- —F. Scott Fitzgerald
I have to triple check my applications and essays to ensure the punchy punctuation mark didn’t sneak in. I often add an exclamation mark (or two) to every line of a Facebook post. For some reason, I sometimes feel like I need the punctuation mood to prove my point: “I’m excited to see you.” isn’t enough. “I’m excited to see you!!” makes my feelings clear.
I know my obsession with the exclamation mark is toxic, but we’ve been together so long that I can’t imagine writing without him.