I have an interesting relationship with Mrs G due to my interesting relationship with the English language. I love both but sometimes have a strange way of showing it. In terms of my affection for my native language I demonstrate this by my liberal use of punctuation.
If there is the slightest opportunity to throw in a non alphanumeric character I will take it. Comma, question mark? I will use it even if it is as reviled as the exclamation mark!
Still I have my favourites, and most of my writing (whether personal or professional) will include them…and I have used them all in this one sentence.
The first I use, or abuse, is the comma. This post is unusual in that the opening sentence doesn’t use this device. Normally my first line will be split in two by one and the remainder of my my prose will be littered with them. I use them for pauses, for sidethoughts, and as this sentence will show also in the Oxford style.
When I feel I’ve gone on a bit too far with the comma I’ll rely on my trusted brackets. I should use these sparingly (some style guides tell me on numerous occasions) but I love throwing in asides. Having the brackets gives me the freedom to write as I think, and even in they are not entirely necessary (they are) my use of the opening and closed brackets reflects how my brain works.
My final punctuation quirk is the use of the ellipsis. I don’t follow the style guides here either as my usage is not to illustrate omission but as a way to trail off my thoughts…just like this post…
In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “By the Dots.”
We all have strange relationships with punctuation — do you overuse exclamation marks? Do you avoid semicolons like the plague? What type of punctuation could you never live without? Tell us all about your punctuation quirks!