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Nuts and Bolts: Punctuation – Exclamation Point Abuse

February 26, 2016

Punctuation – Exclamation Point Abuse!!!
Yes, get excited!  But not all of the time.  The overuse of exclamation marks can be exhausting. To be effective this powerful punctuation mark should be used sparingly, thoughtfully and correctly.  Below are some tips.


Purpose:  to indicate forceful utterance or strong feeling showing a vast range of emotions like love, anger, happiness, confusion, elation, surprise or other type of exuberant emotion.  Used especially after an interjection or exclamation.


card sample: 
FireShot Screen Capture #534 - 'Silly Howdy Googly Eyed Peanut Hi card (1356586)' - www_greetingcarduniverse_com_hi-hello-cards_humor_silly-howdy-googly-eyed-peanut-1356586_aid=183891


Correct Usage:
Known as one of the three terminal punctuation marks it is only used at the end of a sentence, immediately after the last character
“Congratulations, you got the job!”  is correct
“Congratulations!  you got the job.”  is incorrect


No space in between
“That was great!”  is correct
“That was great !”  is incorrect


Although the official punctuation rules state the use of one and only one terminal mark, in honoring creative expression GCU will consider the use of multiples (!!) and the combination of (?!) if deemed by the review team to be fitting to the card design, style and message.


For example this card:
FireShot Screen Capture #535 - 'Ready to Rumble card (377961)' - www_greetingcarduniverse_com_get-well-feel-better-cards_for-cancer-patients_pediatric_ready-to-rumble-377961
“Learn the rules like a pro, so you can break them like an artist.”  – Pablo Picasso


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