Re: Emoji: emoticons vs. literacy

From: John Hudson (
Date: Wed Dec 24 2008 - 11:37:07 CST

Joó Ádám wrote:

> Punctuation marks are childish. They're also a way for people who
> can't write well enough to convey their intent and emotions through
> prose. If you write something inquisitive, I'll answer. If you just
> state something, putting in a stupid question mark isn't going to make
> it a question. And if you write something excited or stressful but
> fail to convey such, using an exclamation mark isn't going to make
> it excited or stressful.

How stressful?

How stressful!

The syntactical form of English exclamations is usually identical to the
syntactical form of English questions, so the punctuation marks
distinguish and tell us how to read them.


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