A punctuation mark for when you’re mildly enthused

The ‘ElRey’ is neither as excitable as the exclamation point nor as dull as the period. Would you use it? Plus, the battle of news blogs vs. newspapers, a Twitter trolling poetry publisher, ‘Today’ kills the ‘Harlem Shake,’ the Tamagotchi’s return, and more.

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Destiny’s Child didn’t perform “Say My Name” at the Super Bowl; Obama’s State of the Union address completely threw off my Tuesday evening line-up of sitcoms; and the only thing delivered to my apartment for Valentine’s Day was a GrubHub order.

My point: I can’t remember the last time I was Jessie Spano excited about something. Yet I abuse the exclamation point multiple times a day. If only something fell on the punctuation spectrum that was somewhere between that enthusiastic go-getter and the straight-faced period. Thanks to Ellen Susan, there is. It’s called the “ElRey,” which Observatory says emotes positivity, but saves us from “communicating with the unhinged emotionality of a note slipped between junior-high students.”

Rolling with it a bit further, BuzzFeed suggest a couple additional punctuation marks to convey snark.

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