I never intended to become the office’s punctuation police, but it’s happened anyways. And not all punctuation, just a single piece: the exclamation point.
It started with internal office emails. I casually pointed out that we, as a company, might be using too many exclamation points. This, of course, caused more emails with even more exclamation points, because we are a funny bunch that loves nothing more than to poke the bear.
It also prompted a question from someone. I’m paraphrasing, but it boiled down to, how do we convey enthusiasm without an exclamation point? My answer — and this isn’t meant to sound rude — was to choose better words. This is not a knock on anyone in particular. Too many people all over are abusing the exclamation point.(Continue Reading...)