Punctuation

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I think I’m going to try to start a movement that punctuation speaks louder than words. So many possibilities…

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22 Responses to Punctuation

  1. Kylie says:

    You didn’t even mitigate your demands with a smiley face. Harsh. Harsh indeed!

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  2. its very true.
    i’ve had to coach my partner to put an ‘x’ at the end of blunt sounding texts to soften it up.

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  3. Personally, I think the fact that you didn’t capitalize “sirs” speaks volumes.

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  4. My smile for the day. I totally shared it.

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  5. nina says:

    Liking this very much. Just taught a class on assertive communication and wish I’d seen this before class. Would have used it for class discussions (exclamation point)

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  6. I thought it was pretty harsh when I read that! I guess I’m with you :). Especially that ‘Dear sirs DOT’ just nailed it.

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  7. Yes.
    There are many who would support your movement.

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  8. rarasaur says:

    Awww, my comment couldn’t be posted it said. 😦 I don’t even remember what I wrote, but — yay! I completely agree that punctuation speaks louder than words. The period after “Thank you” was like a punch in the gut. You are fierce! 🙂

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  9. Steph says:

    This is so funny… I used to joke with my friend at work that whenever I was writing a work email and I was angry about something, I’d just sign off “Thanks” instead of “Thanks!” because I always, always use exclamation marks… and assume that somehow people can understand that me not using one means my tone is pissed off. A “thanks” without exclamation marks seems totally harsh to me for some reason!

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    • Rae says:

      Exactly! Whenever I’m annoyed with my husband for something I say “I love you” without an exclamation mark and he’s like “Uh oh, what did I do?” I always feel bad for it later though.

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  10. Funny. I love this particularly as I am an English teacher. Punctuation speaks loudly!

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  11. Distinguished Malcontent says:

    I had a coworker who wrote all her emails in all caps with red font. No matter what she was saying, it seemed like she was a raving lunatic. Punctuation matters. Or perhaps: Punctuation matters!

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    • Rae says:

      When I first started working with people who used Blackberries I just always thought they were mad at me because of their curt emails with little to no punctuation. Then I realized they just weren’t very good at typing on it, haha.

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  14. Eda says:

    Punctuation is everything…at least in English. I recently had a Japanese colleague ask if we could take the commas out of a list of numbers like this: 1, 2, 3, 4… She said it looked “noisy”. I said, “No. Absolutely not. Don’t even think about it.”

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  15. Eda says:

    Note the absence of exclamation points.

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