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Monday, July 30, 2012

Too many exclamation points!!! - Salon.com

I like the point of this article! And I encourage you to read it!!

But I don't think you need to read all of it!!! It makes its point very clear right from the beginning.

So please!! Heed its advice!!!!! Don't be ridiculous in your overuse of exclamation points.

And admit that not everything your write is all that exciting. in fact, much of what you write isn't exciting at all. It's just information (or opinion). And even if it's important stuff, does it require an exclamation point?

Save the exclamation points for exciting things, especially if that excitement isn't already clear in the words you've used.

Here's what I advise in Garbl's Editorial Style Manual:
exclamation point (!) Use sparingly and only to express a high degree of surprise, disbelief or other strong emotion. The exclamation point goes within the quotation marks when it applies to the quoted matter only.
F. Scott Fitzgerald: "Cut out all those exclamation marks. An exclamation mark is like laughing at your own joke."

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