The obsessive overuse of the exclamation point on social media and writing has become an epidemic. It has evolved into an obsession to emphatically over emphasize ordinary circumstances. An exclamation point has become mundane, misused, overused, and unexcitable. It is often misunderstood and seems interchangeable with other forms of punctuation. I openly admit I am not a professional writer nor an English major and I make mistakes in grammar frequently. However, I have a good understanding of when to use the exclamation point correctly. A basic understanding of grammar should be sufficient to digest the proper use of the exclamation point. We all have that basic understanding, right?
An exclamation point is used to emphasize a vigorous event or commanding revelation. It is used to indicate excitability and can offer great revelations when used properly. Its overuse has resulted in a rusted nail flattened with a jackhammer to drive home any point at the end of statements. Exclamation points are often used incorrectly and are even used to affirm emotions which have angry tones. Many people despise the exclamation point and immediately ignore expressions of statements which have a nail pounded at the end. At no point in the English language is it ever considered ideal to use multiple exclamation points after making a statement.!!!!!!!!!! It creates a negative interpretation because of the repeated marks of nonsense some folks have adopted as proper grammer. When a point has been made, one exclamation point is sufficient. No useful purpose is served by adding multiple nails with an overwhelming g-force that flattens the keyboard. Multiple exclamation points exposes lazy vocabulary skills. There are a multitude of word choices available to drive home a point without using an exclamation point.
Feuding with one who has ended their statement with an emphatic exclamation point quite often begins a volley of exchanges. This can quickly escalate into quarreling or combative words that are impulsive rapid fire rants. Slow down, think about what needs to be said or written without the emphatic sledge hammer at the end of a statement. Composing a rational viewpoint which limits the possibility for turbulent exchanges and minimizes misinterpretations may take some time and diligent thought. Draft a sentence or thought that can initiate an exchange of ideas which are mutually acceptable to each party and omit the exclamation at the end. The outcome will result in a willingness to engage in understanding each others viewpoints and contribute to a well thought out volley of words. We want our viewpoints recognized, so minimize the use of the nail, it rarely garners an exchange of words which contributes to civility and understanding.
Concise, honest, and compassionate writing along with prudent conversation helps cultivate the groundwork for humanity. Writing and speaking skills are a means of expressing our resourcefulness for ideas and a means to showcase our grammar. If one must use an exclamation point, do so in a manner that reflects excitability, civility, or in a way that transitions a persons attention to an urgent matter and please one explanation point at the end is enough. The command of our English language has been hijacked by texting, using numbers for words, using individual letters for entire words, acronyms, and twisting of words. We have steadily slipped into the depths of limited vocabulary, limited knowledge of proper sentence structure, general withdrawal from proper english, and limited writing skills. Don’t be lazy with grammar, be creative, resist the urge to pull the exclamation point out of the tool box because there are many other tools that can be used to drive home a statement.