Are we experiencing an exclamation epidemic?

The New York Times investigates, sort of. Plus, a freelance writer explains what it’s like to go it alone, the worst words in the world—revealed, and more.

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This week, The New York Times explores this bad habit of too many exclamation points. Plus, a freelance writer explains her life in great detail, the world’s worst words, and more.

Here it is, the week in writing:

Excessive exclamation. Nod if you got an email today that read “Thanks!” or “Great!” or some other example of the exclamation point conveying emotion. Ben Yagoda writes in The New York Times‘ Draft column about the ubiquity of the exclamation point and its cousin, the QEC (quotation exclamation combo). But, Yagoda writes, a generation of status updaters for whom blogging is considered long-form has learned to use punctuation the way it is intended: to express an idea or thought. Read the essay here.

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