Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Get To The Point!

“Once exclamation points were scary and loud; they made you jump,” Heidi Julavits wrote in her 2015 memoir The Folded Clock. “You were in trouble when the exclamation points came out. They were the nunchucks of punctuation. They were a bark, a scold, a gallows sentence. Not any longer. The exclamation point is lighthearted, even whimsical.” The Atlantic 
Similarly, omitting an exclamation point also transfers whatever you're writing, by making it sound like you hate your co-worker's guts. 
“Thanks!” reads as: Thank you.
“Thanks” reads as: Whatever. 
“Good job!” reads as: Good job.
“Good job” reads as: Congratulations, you’ve accomplished the bare minimum of what we pay you for. The Cut
Don't Use It.
There is really only one rule when it comes to the exclamation mark: don’t use it. This is an exaggeration of course! In fact, rare usage is the point: the Chicago Manual of Style says the exclamation mark ‘should be used sparingly to be effective.’ BBC
  1. If you are writing a highly professional email, or even if you’re writing to a college professor about missing class, don’t use an exclamation point.
  2. Never use an exclamation point in your term paper—it could knock a few points off your overall grade.
  3. If you’re writing a blog post or something that isn’t highly professional, then you can use an exclamation point. Read through and see if you’ve already used one—if you have, then you don’t need more. Write Exciting Information. You Won’t Need a Billion Exclamation Points. grammarly blog

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