"In fact, the understated period — the punctuation equivalent of stagehands who dress in black to be less conspicuous — may have suddenly taken on meanings all its ownPeriod. Full Stop. Point. Whatever It’s Called, It’s Going Out of Style - The New York Times
Increasingly, says Professor Crystal, whose books include “Making a Point: The Persnickety Story of English Punctuation,” the period is being deployed as a weapon to show irony, syntactic snark, insincerity, even aggression
If the love of your life just canceled the candlelit, six-course, home-cooked dinner you have prepared, you are best advised to include a period when you respond “Fine.” to show annoyance
“Fine” or “Fine!,” in contrast, could denote acquiescence or blithe acceptance"
Friday, June 10, 2016
Period. Full Stop. Point. Whatever It’s Called, It’s Going Out of Style - The New York Times
New semantics for punctuation