“An exclamation mark is like laughing at your own jokes.” – Scott Fitzgerald
I thought I was the only one with bad comma karma. But Craig Wilson of USA Today writes in “The Final Word: Good punctuation brings periods of happiness“, that he too has agonized about the placement of commas or the lack thereof. It’s one of the thangs my dad says to me about my writing. But I notice he doesn’t correct them or give me specific suggestions.
“E-mail has not helped any, mainly because it’s often communication through sentence fragments. Dashes and ellipses galore. Maybe that’s why I use lots of exclamation points in my e-mail. It’s not that my sentence fragments are exciting. I’m just trying to make them so. Like this!”
Exclamation points are really funny in most cases. I must remember to use them less! ;o)