We all have strange relationships with punctuation — do you overuse exclamation marks? Do you avoid semicolons like the plague? What type of punctuation could you never live without? Tell us all about your punctuation quirks!
My punctuation quirks!
I think the person who suggested this prompt has already done the job! I can’t live without the exclamation mark! I so love it! I don’t know why! Now I don’t even know why it’s used! I just love the way it looks! Is it about the excitement, about awe and wonder? I don’t know!
My blog’s name also uses one exclamation mark. When I was taking the Blogging 101 course by the Blogging University of WordPress, a fellow blogger friend suggested me to drop the exclamation mark and I did. Then, after a while, after having observed it in too many blogs I picked it up again. I thought, since so many of them were doing it, it might not have been wrong! Silly, I know. But this is what subconscious urges make you do!
I feel I am like a child. There was a time when I felt as if I had known everything in the book. Life was boring, relations were boring and routines were boring. Now, I feel life is a great mystery, relations are mysteries and routines are mysteries inside mysteries! I have a sense of awe and wonder akin to a young child and that might be the reason why I love to exclaim so much!
I can do without semi-colons. In fact, I rarely use them. They aren’t plague–but being a non-native speaker, I am not dexterous with the punctuation. I try to learn but most of my life I have spent time writing english, instead of speaking it. So unless I actually practice speaking, I will have a hard time rectifying my punctuation and pronunciation. Yes, that’s right, my pronunciation sucks too. I learnt high flowering words like onomatopoeia, without pronunciation back in college to impress my friends, but later I came to know that my pronunciation was wrecked and I should have learnt it when it was time. I was throwing my verbal garbage to impress my friends and only a few of them who were learned enough caught my offbeat pronunciation and started correcting me. It was embarrassing indeed and I deserved embarrassment. I feel all obnoxious and pretentious people deserve embarrassment. I have been kind of guy who without having learnt rules of grammar fully starts correcting others’ and then miserbaly embarrases himself when someone formidable crosses the path and teaches a law or two!
Well, this rant was supposed to be about the punctuation and now it has become about pronunciation! Isn’t it how our minds work? I feel prompt has done its job. Prompts are about triggering flow of your creative juices and then they don’t care whether you go one way or other! You just go and you keep going until you feel that it has become too much and nobody will bother reading anymore! Then what? Then you stop!
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