Friday, October 23, 2009

I don't....honestly!!!!!!!!!

The Law of Exclamation

First recorded in an article by Lori Robertson at in 2008, this states: "The more exclamation points used in an email (or other posting), the more likely it is a complete lie. This is also true for excessive capital letters."

It is reminiscent of the claim in Terry Pratchett's Discworld novels that the more exclamation marks someone uses in writing, the more likely they are to be mentally unbalanced.

According to Pratchett, five exclamation marks is an indicator of "someone who wears their underwear on the outside".

I do use a lot of exclamation marks.... but I wear my underwear on the inside...(if I'm wearing any at all!)

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That comment about going commando needed a response with five exclamation marks. I trust when we catch up at NY you'll be decent...

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I promise that I will be decently clothed!!!!!

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Blogger expat@large said...

Same for me!!!!!

Probably..... It is a holiday I'm having Bali after all. Do I really need to pack underwear?

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Did you have to check before you wrote that last sentence ~grin~

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Blogger Five said...


*note that only one exclamation point was used. I meant it.

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Blogger hannahrose_8 said...

Eh, sounds like I'm sort of mentally unbalanced. LOL Actually, if I"m trying to emphasize, I usually only use two exclamation points...and then delete them because I now that's not really acceptable in professional writing. :) But I wonder what two exclamation points means? That I'm kinda sorta a little on the mental side but mostly walking well in reality? LOL

Thanks for that tidbit. It made me smile.


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