Saturday, January 21, 2006

The Wonder and Mystery of the Exclamation Point!

Welcome to UNIX! Enjoy your session! Have a great time!
Note the use of exclamation points! They are a very effective method for demonstrating excitement, and can also spice up an otherwise plain-looking sentence! However, there are drawbacks! Too much unnecessary exclaiming can lead to a reduction in the effect that an exclamation point has on the reader!

For example, the sentence

Jane went to the store to buy bread

should only be ended with an exclamation point if there is something sensational about her going to the store, for example, if Jane is a cocker spaniel or if Jane is on a diet that doesn't allow bread or if Jane doesn't exist for some reason!

See how easy it is?! Proper control of exclamation points can add new meaning to your life!

Call now to receive my free pamphlet, "The Wonder and Mystery of the Exclamation Point!"!
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