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Continuing our Friday Lite language series, we come to the exclamation mark.
Mark Twain, who hated using it, claimed it was like laughing at your own jokes.
Truth is, people have been trying to get rid of it since it came into widespread usage.
In recent times some writers even tried to introduce a new punctuation mark— a combination of the question and exclamation mark (!? or ?!) to indicate a tone of shocked disbelief.
It wasn't shocking that the movement failed.
Like the semicolon, we featured last time, the exclamation mark (or point) may need some love.
Is it its fault it has been misused!? Overused!! And abused!!!
According to Kees van den Bos, a psychology professor at Utrecht University in the Netherlands, exclamation marks activate an area of the brain, which gets people to react faster.
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The exclamation mark comes from the Latin "io," which is an exclamation of joy.
Put the "i" on top of the "o" and presto! You can see where the "!" originates.
Responsible for perhaps the wittiest, and briefest reply, in history.
According to "QPB Encyclopedia of Word and Phrase Origins" Victor Hugo, after completing "Les Misérables" in 1862, wrote an extremely brief letter to his publisher.
The publisher's response:
What other single mark could be as expressive?
Where the exclamation mark makes its mark is in showing strong emotion:
He shouted at them, "Go away! I hate all of you!"
Nothing personal you understand.
Would these commands have the same impact without this handy bit of punctuation?
"Shut up!" "Stop!"
Which I will shortly.
William Shakespeare used it for emphasis:
"Alas, I am a woman friendless, hopeless!"
Famed actress and entertainer Mistinguett who is French (and should know) said:
“A kiss can be a comma, a question mark or an exclamation point. That's basic spelling that every woman ought to know."
Have a great weekend everyone!
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Favorite exclamatory expression?