! Long Live the Exclamation Point!
I think my favorite punctuation mark is the exclamation point. I don’t use it very often in my papers because teachers say you are not supposed to use it, but you have to use it, but use it sparingly. I don’t care what the teachers say! I love the exclamation point! It can show excitement! A good example is, when I graduate, I finally get to quit Rutters! It can show frustration! An example is, I don’t understand the writing prompt for my Religion Midterm! I don’t know what the hell she wants! It can show anger! An example is, God I can’t believe Jose said that to me knowing that I was under all that stress! It can be used to indicate urgency or danger! Here are several great examples, Stop! Look out! Slow down! Help! Fire! My point is, the exclamation point can be used for almost anything! I’ll say it again, I love the exclamation point!
I hate it that teachers do not give the exclamation point the respect it deserves! I hate the period! The period is boring! The period is mundane! Down with the period! Long live the exclamation point! When using the period with quotes, information is required to explain the tone of the speaker! Exclamation points can make quotes more concise and avoid wordiness! For example, “I hate you! I never want to talk to you again!” and with that, Shannon stormed out of the room. Is more concise than, “I hate you. I never want to talk to you again. ” Shannon screamed at the top of her lungs as she stormed out of the room. Here is another example, “I get to see Britney Spears in person!” Shannon bragged to her friends in class. This is more concise than “I get to see Britney Spears in person.” Shannon bragged to her friends in class with excitement and joy in her voice. I am determined to prove that the exclamation point is the best punctuation mark!
The exclamation point shows passion and seriousness about the subject being discussed! So, why do teachers say I cannot use exclamation point? Here is an example, you should write your congress members and tell them to support gay rights! This is more powerful and convincing than, you should write your congress members and tell them to support gay rights. Do you still need more proof? Well, too bad! Ha! Ha! Ha! I do not care whether or not you agree with me! I love the exclamation point and intend to use it as much as possible and you cannot stop me! The exclamation point helps bring my personality into writing, so I intend to take advantage of it!
Teachers say you should not use the exclamation point in your essays! I do not care! I will continue to use the exclamation point till the day I die! There will probably be an exclamation point on my tombstone! Perhaps it will say something like this; Shannon Prusak, she was a great writer and a kind and loving person, she always went after what she wanted, and she will be missed! Maybe not, but the thought of an exclamation point on my tombstone is pretty cool! Don’t you think?