E is for Ellipsis…and Exclamation!
Relax…I’m not here today to lecture you on the proper use of punctuation. God forbid! What I am going to discuss is how I love to abuse these particular two, especially when I leave comments.
For some reason I feel like everything I say in a comment is hyper-important, I mean everything, so naturally each sentence qualifies for an exclamation mark. It’s so bad that I have to force myself to read back though my comment and choose which sentences to downgrade to a simple period. Sometimes I’ll go so over-board that I’ll even double up!! It’s like an addiction. The blogs I’ve followed for a long time have probably gotten use to my idiosyncrasies and simply ignore my punctuation altogether. After all, we all take liberties with our comments…right?!
I’m much more likely to misuse the ellipsis in a blog post, like this one, but I’ve been known to sprinkle a few in my comments as well. Somewhere I’ve gotten it in my head that (…) should represent a pause in delivery, you know, for dramatic effect. So what if that’s not its proper use, it just seems more logical that way. Much more so than the (--).
What it boils down to is that for MY comments and MY blog…I utilize MY rules! I understand that bothers some purist out there, and for that I apologize, but much like I’d apologize for wearing a red tie with a brown shirt. That’s just how I roll. And yes, I realize what kind of impression I might be sending to potential agents who might be checking me out after receiving one of my query letters. I’ll take that risk because this blog is my home, and I wear my well-worn t-shirt and raggedy shorts at home.