The popularity of texting means learning a whole new way to communicate. Not only do you have to think about what you are going to say, but also how you will write it. Let’s talk about using these three points…
Punctuation plays a very big role in text conversations. The way you end a sentence (or write it in capital letters) can tell a lot about how you feel. The difficult period at the end – although grammatically correct – is often interpreted as “I’m upset” or “This is serious.” I think that’s why some people have turned to the classic forms (…).
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Are you well…
Ellipses are an informal type of punctuation, which fits well with the nature of casual texting. Some people seem to like ellipses as a kind of middle ground between a period and an exclamation point, and they are often used in the middle of a sentence to represent backtracking in thought or a long pause for dramatic effect.
At the end of the sentence, it can have a different feeling. Again, it can be used to discount the idea. But ending a sentence with ellipses can also have some kind of ominous or passive-aggressive feeling. Here are a few examples.
“Okay… I’ll be there soon…”
“are you sure about that…”
“We should talk…”
“That sounds good…”
I don’t know about you, but when I read those messages, I don’t feel good about any of them. I’m not really sure what feelings are conveyed. Now let’s use these exact same statements with different punctuation (or without punctuation).
“Okay, I’ll be there soon.”
“are you sure about that?”
“We must speak.”
“That sounds good.”
You may not realize it, but the change in punctuation makes these phrases appear more clearly. The phrase “Okay, I’ll be there soon” is clear and informative. “Okay! I’ll be there soon!” He is excited. “Okay… I’ll be there soon…” It seemed that the person was not looking forward to seeing you. Think of a long pause and sigh.
Likewise, “That’s cool!” Excitement appears. “That’s cool” without the punctuation is a quiet show of support. But “that’s cool…” comes off in a way that might sound disingenuous. Also slapping a period at the end can give her a “good for you” petty attitude.
What are you trying to say?
This is why edges can appear ominously. You have to do your best to add those extra periods, and the recipient may think you did for some reason. You leave the interpretation up to them to decide. “Aren’t they happy to see me or is this how they text…?”
Commas, periods, and exclamation points have relatively straightforward meanings in the texting world. Ellipses are a mystery, and receiving them can be intimidating. If you want to end a message informally, I think simply not using any punctuation is the way to go. Text messages don’t have to look like an English report.
If this all sounds too complicated – you’re right! The language is often very imprecise. You may not pick up on the feelings someone is trying to convey even in spoken conversations. We are all just trying to do our best to be understood.
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