|Fancy wearing this to a funeral?|
I mean really? Am I the only person that thinks sticking an exclamation mark at the end of R.I.P is highly inappropriate. I've seen it many a time and especially on twitter. What an earth are people thinking? Death is sombre, distressing, sad and devastating to name but a few and writing sorry to hear your loved one has departed and ending it with a whacking great exclamation mark is wrong. It just makes light of the whole situation. It sings out to me in a joyous tone. Stop it. Just please, please stop it!
Now I'm not a grammar buff as anyone reading my blog with an imaginary red marker pen will testify. But (yes you're not meant to start sentences with but or and, however, books do it why can't I?) surely its not rocket science is it? When did this start? Does it stem from the piss poor writing you see on facebook - you know the ones where half the letters are missing from any simple word in the English language. I then wondered if I was wrong so I checked. Here's a little definition I found from Wikipeida. I've extracted a bit here:-
A sentence ending in an exclamation mark is an actual exclamation Wow!”, “Boo!”...(“Stop!”), or intended to be astonishing or show astonishment ...dramatic effect.
Overly frequent use of the exclamation mark is generally considered poor writing, for it distracts the reader and reduces the mark's meaning
Okay so its says dramatic effect - but really, if someones just died, does the widow/widower need anymore drama. I think not.
|A more appropriate use of the exclamation mark - pictures ebay|
Now in other news, today I saw a woman (same sort of age as me) doing her weekly shop with her Ipod on. I did do a double take and think do people really need to have their music on whilst shopping now. She wasn't going at any pace just casually looking at the jams, wasn't doing anyone any harm so what's the problem? I don't know but it registered in my brain - my increasingly disturbed brain. I think it probably says more about me than it does about her.
Also whilst we're here, shall I change the font on my blog? I think its looking a bit old fashioned and should I bring the pink troll in the bikini back for the backing picture of my blog. Decisions, decisions.
Finally, I have worked out 3 x this week and its Wednesday. My thighs were killing me yesterday after the Forrest Gump episode and rain stopped me going out tonight. I'm not at the hard core runner stage yet where I'll go out whatever the weather. If truth be told I was grateful for the sit down, its been a busy week and I have buddy's birthday cake to make and decorate. I am so excited he's going to be 2 on Monday! Now that's worth an exclamation mark in my book.