Thursday, June 19, 2008

Life without exclamation marks

Well, I have tried to get my husband to read the last post... really tried (thru all modes possible)..... he hasnt read it till now!!!

I thought it was hilarious.. a laugh riot.. ... its my own opinion but big deal.... well, i did laugh when i read it again today !!!! lol.. and thats all that matters!!!!!!!

So to get back to the topic .. the above 2 lines have 14 exclamation marks!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Now the number has increased.. painful to count! There, another one...

I was watching Seinfeld the other day.. and they had dedicated an entire episode to exclamation marks.. Elaine gets a call and her boyfriend takes down a message for her about her friend having a baby. She gets back, sees it and freaks out... there are no exclamation marks. She says that if his friend had had a baby, she would not be so insensitive and would have ensured exclamation marks to underline the good news!!! And of course they split up.

And its so true... i mean the exclamation marks part.. life would be so cut and dried were it not for exclamation marks! How would anyone emote through mails??? At least my life would be incomplete.... i tend to use it quite a lot.... it can denote -

Astonishment.. what!!!!!!!!!!! Really?????? (I tend to put in multiple question marks too .. increases impact)

Happiness.. Hi!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! (hi.. so glad to hear from you after a long time... thats what it would mean) OR Happy Birthday!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! or Congratulations!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! .. ok, no more...I am sure you get the drift!

Anger.... What is this nonsense you are talking about!!!!!!!!!! or What utter rot!!!!!!!!!!!!!! and so on

Distress... I will not be able to manage all this myself!!!!!!!!!!

etc etc etc....

Life would be terrible if it were not for exclamation marks!!!!!!!!!!! The number of exclamation marks used also has a lot of meaning - 1 mark as opposed to 6 can completely change the meaning.. 1 denotes lack of interest basically!! It is pretty much the same ( i think) as voice modulation!! You can convey the message so beautifully to the other person.. But somehow i think, guys would not get it and they even use it less! Thats what I feel....... its true too...:-)


the-mommie said...

I say... the guy thing is probably right! Not sure why though... Never analysed how else they would convey emotion in written material... Guess women tend to be dramatic even with the written word.

you know what! its perhaps 'coz we tend to write the way we speak!! There... that would make sense now wouldn't it? wot say...

Obviously, in addition to the exclamation, my thing is ellipses!!!! :D

Scarlett said...

This one if even funnier!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!