Woke up this morning and went straight to a forum I belong to, to catch up on the overnight posts .
I am a moderator/specialist there, which pretty much puts me in the position of new business consultant, so I have a responsibility to read everything and get a measure of the person - what they want, where their head is at, what their focus is, the state of their self confidence etc, in order to word welcomes, advice, warnings and general replies in a way that will be understood.
When people start talking in constant BLOCK CAPITALS it is known as SHOUTING and normal, acceptable practice is to go in and edit the post back down to sentence case and ask the new member not to shout.
I just wish we could start a new standard, where the constant use of exclamation marks becomes known as squealing.
Doesn't that make sense to you?
Exclamation marks express enthusiasm, energy, and the sense of taking the voice 'up' at the end of a sentence. Its why so many sales types use them way too often, to try and put a 'wow' factor into what they're saying.
Anyway, to copy the style for a moment, just to show what I mean:
A new poster has joined the forum! She/He has no sense of paragraph length at all! But they do have amazing children and everything each child does is worthy of an exclamation mark! (Allegedly!) And they've also mentioned how happy they are! What a good homeworking job they have! How wonderful the forum is! How nice all the members are! And they've gone on and on like this! For paragraphs three times as long! In THREE bloody posts!
And halfway through the second, the cringe factor started to make my shoulders stiffen and the back of my head ache. It actually started to hurt my ears without a single word having really been spoken.
Too much 'up'.
Too much 'in your face'.
Its the only word for it.
So, do I stop it in its tracks, go in and change every single excalamation mark to a full stop (period) and ask him/her nicely not to squeal?
From here it would make sense, if only this wasn't a new definition and something he/she might therefore take exception too.
Does anyone agree with my sentiments? Or the proposed defintition?
Can I have an Amen?
Seriously, if theres already another name for it, I'd love to know.