I’m an angry woman.

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I read this article that asserts in the world of texting, if you dare punctuate your sentence with a period, you are expressing anger. What?

Proper punctuation means you’re seething? If that’s the case, then I’m an angry woman.. (See, I used two periods to indicate the severity of my anger. I would’ve used three, but then you would have just thought I’d omitted some of my own thoughts, or chosen to trail off. I’m assuming you, dear reader, actually uses punctuation and are familiar with ellipses. I have no idea what the texting, non-punctuating crowd thinks when they see … Maybe they think it’s a bout of Hulk explosive rage.)

As I was saying, if using a period while texting makes you angry, then I shall sadly become a racial stereotype: An angry black woman. Watch out Tyler Perry, I’m about to create my own diary. And it shall be littered with mad black periods.

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10 Responses to I’m an angry woman.

  1. Jeri says:

    Grrr. Grrr. Grrr. Having read thousands of student papers over the years, it’s safe to say punctuation is viewed as an option rather than a necessity more and more these days.

    • RJ Crayton says:

      Yikes! Punctuation as optional is a bad thing. Perhaps as the kids get into huge sit-com like fights and misunderstandings over nonpunctuated messages, they’ll see the error of their ways. (example)

      Kevin: “Dude, you said you wanted to feast upon my flesh! I’m never speaking to you again.”
      Dude: “No, I meant, I wanted to eat with you. If only their were some way to distinguish what I meant when I texted, ‘Lets eat Kevin.’ If only there were some type of symbol I could use.”

  2. I guess I am an angry woman too! So are we to have run-on sentences? I would rather be angry!

  3. Charles Ray says:

    I believe in using periods at the end of sentences; it’s the way I was taught to end a thought. I guess I’ve been angry for most of my life. Can I get help? No, I meant to say (angrily), I need help. What does (!) at the end of a sentence indicate? Or (?) for that matter.

    • RJ Crayton says:

      Exactly! I mean, we have punctuation marks that are better for anger than a period. !!!! ALL CAPS. I don’t know. Coopting the lovely little period seems odd.

  4. And I’ll be an angry white woman. I mean, REALLY!!!!! There, how’s that for outraged. How stupid is this going to get?

  5. Dale says:

    Oops, I guess I’m angry too.

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