Using the exclamation mark

Editing_and_Proofreading_Blog_415The exclamation mark is one of the most abused punctuation marks. Some people use it extensively when they want a piece to look informal.

The danger with that, and any other loose usage, is that it is very difficult to tell whether it conveys surprise or annoyance.

As a general rule, the simple plan is:

If in doubt, don’t

For a more detailed discussion, this flow chart is useful.

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