Tony Grist (poliphilo) wrote,
Tony Grist

Full Stops

I noticed recently that I've a developed a reluctance to close any piece of writing with a full stop, preferring, where it isn't obviously ridiculous, to go "..." I'd thought it was just me being quirky but this morning's paper had a piece explaining how and why full stops are going out of fashion. It's a product of messaging- where the individual's contribution is so often part of an open, free form conversation- and interrupting the flow with punctuation can appear (and often is) egotistical and rude. A full stop suggests that the last word has been said- which is never actually the case. It's like going "End of"- and cutting off all further discussion.

It's always good to know one's in tune with the spirit of the age....

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