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

"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 own

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"
Period. Full Stop. Point. Whatever It’s Called, It’s Going Out of Style - The New York Times
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