I HAVE THREE WORDS THAT WILL BRING JOY TO YOUR HEART:
little league quidditch
moving the room around again tonight!! gonna get my desk back from the tv hooray
Rami Malek as Ahkmenrah in Night at the Museum
I had the biggest crush on him
How that simple dot at the end of the sentence became something you use to tell people you’re mad. Right. Now.
Here’s an example from an article in the New Republic:
On text and instant message, punctuation marks have largely been replaced by the line break. I am much more likely to type two separate messages without punctuation:
sorry about last night
next time we can order little caesars
Than I am to send a single punctuated message:
I’m sorry about last night. Next time we can order Little Caesars.
And, because it seems begrudging, I would never type:
sorry about last night.
next time we can order little caesars.
I talked about this in a post last year (Do you end a text with a period?), concluding that I use periods to varying degrees in text messages, sometimes for snark and especially when a textversation is longer (multiple sentences) or more formal. The comments/notes on that post, about other people’s text punctuation are also interesting. I wonder if anything has changed since then: feel free to check your own texts and report back!
I also liked the discussion of exclamation marks as a sincerity marker:
Nearly everyone has struggled to figure out whether or not a received message is sarcastic. So people began using exclamation points almost as sincerity markers: “I really mean the sentence I just concluded!” (This is especially true of exclamation points used in sequence: “Are you being sarcastic?” “No!!!!!”)
Especially in medium-formal emails, I often use exclamation marks to indicate cheerfulness or lightheartedness (compare “Looking forward to meeting you!” with “Looking forward to meeting you.”). Since emoticons aren’t quite acceptable in a more formal context, I end up using exclamation marks as a substitute when I want to make sure that I’m coming off as friendly.
A related phenomenon, I think, is the use of capitals and/or punctuation to indicate sarcasm. For example, notice the contrast between these two imagined texts:
don’t be late
we’ve got some very important people coming
don’t be late
we’ve got some Very Important People coming
In the second one, capitalizing Very Important People when it doesn’t need to be capitalized makes the sender seem sarcastic or at least as if they’re speaking with a raised eyebrow.
However, sometimes periods are also used for emphasis, and in combination with capitalization perhaps they cancel each other out and become sincere again. For example, I recently found myself saying the following, which is clearly sincere.
Best. Response. Ever.
On the other hand, I’ve noticed that text messages have gotten more likely to include apostrophes and capitals for things like proper names because our phones automatically fill them in, and it would be way too much effort to take them out. (This being said, I’ve trained my phone to use lowercase “internet” and non-hyphenated “email” because using the default versions made me feel like an old fogey.)
i love when people look into the effects of texting and instant messaging on language in a way that isn’t purely negative because damn, humans NATURALLY SUBSTITUTE for parts of the human voice in ways that aren’t universally agreed upon but seem to happen in an almost universal pattern and that’s SO COOL (not So Cool, which would look sarcastic :~) )
my roommate and their classmates are burning & sacrificing an animal cracker to pray for their greek final to be canceled
Stole Zach’s hat… May attempt to keep it #ilookgoodinhats #selfienation
"selfie culture" seems so tame by comparison when you realize that not only did old timey rich people spend a fortune commissioning artists to paint flattering images of them, they spent many hours sitting for these portraits
who’s the me generation now
#art museums are actually just full of renaissance selfies this post just changed my life
There is a petition right now that asks the US government to recognize non-binary genders on all legal documents, but it has just over 2 weeks left and only has nearly 27,000 signs, but we need to get to it 100,000 immediately for it to pass.
I know this is different from the usual blog content here, but I thought maybe you could help spread the word, since this petition applies to many people who follow or submit photos to this blog. here is a link to the petition, please please please sign/signal boost!
im watching my roommate and her boyfriend take the purity test together and this is the cutest shit i have ever seen they’re on question on 45 i can’t wait until shit gets really weird