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Old 12-12-2007, 02:27 PM
 
Location: SE Florida
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My son and I were discussing this today, so I thought I would see what you all have to say about it.

I like the semicolon, because you can fit more thoughts into one sentence.

His is a colon, but he doesn't know why.
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Old 12-12-2007, 02:29 PM
 
Location: I'm not lost, I'm exploring!
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" ! " ....because it says so much, just on it's own.
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Old 12-12-2007, 02:41 PM
 
Location: The #1 sunshine state, Arizona.
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" ! " ....because it says so much, just on it's own.
Oh yes!!!!! The exclamation point is often over used but I never grow tired of seeing it!
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Old 12-12-2007, 02:58 PM
 
Location: west coast
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My uncle claimed that he invented the semicolon but I have yet to see one of his royalty checks.
Personally, I like the asterisk. Without the lowly asterisk, footnotes would be out on the street sleeping in a cardboard box. My least favorite is the period, for obvious reasons. I do like exclamation points but they tend to be too loud and cause problems, especially after curfew. I admit that hyphens are cute as a button but I wouldn't want to bring one home to mum. Parenthesis are too huggy and make me lisp.
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Old 12-12-2007, 03:20 PM
 
Location: Marion, IN
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I have always been a fan of the ampersand, but I don't think that falls into the punctuation category. I find brackets to be helpful, but likewise I don't really think they are a punctuation mark. I guess I will have to go with the question mark.
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Old 12-12-2007, 03:27 PM
 
Location: in the southwest
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I like the semicolon; I probably use it too much.
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Old 12-12-2007, 03:42 PM
 
Location: Who knows
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I like the semicolon, because you can fit more thoughts into one sentence.
Me too...when I was in college, I learned all about transitional words and phrases (like moreover, however, nonetheless, etc.) and I love using them in sentences. Gets more thoughts in.
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Old 12-12-2007, 03:44 PM
 
Location: Brentwood, TN
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" ! " ....because it says so much, just on it's own.
The exclamation point for sure!! It's like swearing sometimes
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Old 12-12-2007, 04:13 PM
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Obviously mine are ellipses...I am always using the '...' when posting...LOL...maybe too much...is that possible? I've used them for years.

Ellipsis (ellipses, plural) - An ellipsis is sometimes used to indicate a pause in speech, an unfinished thought or, at the end of a sentence, a trailing off into silence (aposiopesis).
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Old 12-12-2007, 04:17 PM
 
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Obviously mine are ellipses...I am always using the '...' when posting...LOL...maybe too much...is that possible? I've used them for years.

Ellipsis (ellipses, plural) - An ellipsis is sometimes used to indicate a pause in speech, an unfinished thought or, at the end of a sentence, a trailing off into silence (aposiopesis).
Gesundheit!

I like ! and ....
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