What's your favorite punctuation?

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  1. Unbeknownst

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    Mine is the parenthesis (I like how it feels that I'm whispering to you).
     
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    I love the unofficial Interrobang ?!

    You know there is a National Punctuation Day in September. Even though we're a high school, we love to participate in it. We decorate shirts for the staff with their favorite punctuation marks, we have punctuation games at lunch and give out prizes... It's fun!
     
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    Bandnerd...thanks for the info

    I the 2 you mentioned & ! & ....
     
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    ellipsis.

    Gives a feeling of mystery...
     
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    Yep...that would be me! I know I don't use them correctly, but I can't stop! :rolleyes: I actually picked it up from my team mate and now I feel like these three tiny dots have taken over my life! :lol:
     
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    I also like the colon: there's always something important to say after it.
     
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    I, too, love the parenthesis (really, I just love to make asides); however, I feel that the comma is the most important punctuation: it's big on clarification -- without it, I'd often be confused!

    Then again, there are times when too much punctuation is as bad as too little. :whistle: :lol:
     
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    Nice usage of my two favorite punctuation marks!
     
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    I really love parenthesis, too (I tend to overuse them).

    I despise commas because my students love overusing them like this: It was a wonderful, fabulous, amazing, fantastic, great day. At least they know how to use commas, though.
     
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    Oh, wow!!! That's awesome!

    I'm a fan of the exclamation point!!!!!! ;)
     
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    I am a fan of the em dash myself.
     
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    Parentheses makes it easy to fit stuff in that doesn't really fit.
     
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    This is an incredibly crazy topic. You know you're among teachers when a question like that is asked.

    I like periods. I have been known to share some with the students who don't know that they exist. I have taken a piece of black construction paper and a hole punch and "sprinkled" some on the student's desk.

    I dream of a trap door in the ceiling that holds tons of little black dots. I want to reach up and pull a string and have the dots cover the students.

    How can you get to 5th grade and not use them automatically? (Lazy? Never held to the fire about using them?)
     
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    I can see myself doing this! :whistle:
     
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    This thread cracks me up. Who other than teachers have favorite punctuation marks? As for me though, I don't think I have one. Though if I had to pick one I'd go with exclamation point.

    This topic reminds me of the Seinfeld episode when Elaine's boyfriend didn't put an exclamation mark after leaving a note that said something like "She had the baby." She was so annoyed he used a period and not an exclamation point. She then nuts with exclamation marks after that to prove some crazy point about using them.
     
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    My favorite as well!

    I hate the en dash. :)
     
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    I hate that no one knows that dashes other than "the dash" exists.

    Well, not hate, but certainly hate the looks I receive when I change the en dashes to em dashes on the papers I edit.

    They're like "wth? I put a dash???"

    *sigh*
     
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    I dislike exclamation triplets, as seen here!!!
    I rarely use them.
     
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    :lol:

    Also like The Office episode where Dwight puts up a birthday banner that says "It is your birthday." with a period.

    They all go in a frits that it doesn't have an exclamation mark.
     
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    Me too!
     
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    I hope we have all ready Eats, Shoots and Leaves!
     
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    That's me, too.....though I know I use them incorrectly! :) I didn't even know that they had a name....how's that for ignorant?!! Thanks, now I can say what my favorite punctuation is and not have to draw it out!! :D
     
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    Considering your avatar, I would have guessed as such. LoL! I'm a bit partial to the ellipsis.

    I have the song I Love You Period by Dan Baird stuck in my head now. :whistle:
     
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    Very interesting post! I agree we are such nerds :p .I overuse the parentheses too-but I can't stop. It is like you're whispering to the person. You know when I teach punctuation-it's the first time the kids have ever learned it-so funny to see them try to implement-my favorite is when they start using periods or !'s in their names. Mary.smith!!!!!!

    One of my favorite quotes from one of my favorite authors, Kurt Vonnegut: "Here is a lesson in creative writing. First rule: Do not use semicolons. They are transvestite hermaphrodites representing absolutely nothing. All they do is show you've been to college. "
     
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    This is a thread that can only occur on a teacher bulletin board; clearly, anyone else wouldn't think twice about punctuation.

    I love my semicolons!
     
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    The black hole punch thing is hilarious!!!!
     
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    The good old !
    I know I overuse it! I can't help it!:D!
    Rebel1!
     

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