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As most of you have probably already noticed, not only from my posts, but also from the comments I leave on your blogs….I have a serious love affair going on with exclamation marks.

Let me clarify by saying that it’s more of an addictive love affair.

I don’t know whether it’s because I’m Italian, and that Italians like to talk with there hands, but using an exclamation mark when expressing myself through writing makes me feel like I’m using my hands to talk.

Yesterday, I left comment for someone on my previous post and when I went back to proofread it I noticed that every single sentence was completed with one of these….!


I swear to god, if there wasn’t such a thing as an exclamation mark on my computer keyboard, I don’t think I could even speak. Being a passionate person, exclamation marks give me a means to transfer that passion through my words.

I get so excited when leaving a comment that my adrenalin pumps through my veins at warp speed; grabbing my index finger and pulling it to the exclamation key like The North Magnetic Pole.

Whenever I go back to reread a comment I left for someone, I try to remove some of my explanation marks before publishing it, but I just can’t seem to bring myself to do it.

I’m seriously ADDICTED!!!!!!!!!!!

I’ve never been one to use punctuation or grammar in the supposedly correct way, because I truly feel it confines me. When it comes to the way I write, I’m totally irreverent.

You may have also noticed I enjoy using CAPS.

I know that caps are predominately used when someone is angry and yelling, but for me I enjoy using them whenever I get a zestful communicative ERECTION that needs to be shared.

One of my dear blogging buddies, Jeff and I, have a running joke with one another where he’ll leave me a comment, and in his P.S. closing will sometimes leave me a plethora of these (!) in fear I will run out of my allotted quota.

And what he doesn’t know is that I’m storing them away in an old shoebox for when the time may come if (god forbid) punctuation does away with exclamation marks.

But once I run out of those, I seriously think I won’t be able to blog anymore.

Because I won’t be able to speak……


  1. I also use use exclamation mark like u...but I didn't know it means a lot !!

  2. Good morning!!! I, too, love to use many exclamation marks!!! (I'm leaving you a few extra for safe keeping!!!) I was told that one at the end of a sentence should suffice. But I, like you, think they give our readers an idea of how passionate we are about certain things. One ! only gives me an impression that what is written is slightly more than a statement, when what I write is usually very important to me!!! I feel the same about ALL CAPS!!! To me, it's not yelling but a form of exclamation as well.
    I'm so glad that someone else feels like I do about grammar. Now, spelling, to me, is another matter!!! It drives me crazy when words are misspelled!!!
    Thank you for this thought-provoking post this morning & have a lovely day, my friend!!!!!

  3. I am guilty of overusing exclamation marks myself. I get excited, what can I say? All CAPS is so passé. Now that we have rich text and XHTML, there are better ways to emphasize.

  4. You are one of the few people who can get away with all the exclamation points and caps. I never feel like you are yelling just passionate about what you are saying. Plus, it always makes me feel like you really care about what I have to say. I can just see you with a big smile on your face, excited to continue the conversation. So keep with the !!!!!

  5. OMG, RON! You had me laughing like a hyena with this one...and it's not even 7am!!

    "...a zestful communicative ERECTION... Oh, give me AIR!!!

    I'm with you, bay-bee...between italics...and bold and ellipsis...and exclamation marks!!!

    How else would we make our POINT???

    I look at it this way. Which sounds nicer & friendler:
    1) I can't believe you're coming tomorrow!!!!
    2) I can't believe you're coming tomorrow.

    Uh-huh. #1=happy & excited. #2=Groan/ugh/crap.

    GREAT post, my love...always something to laugh & think about!


  6. Hi Ron,

    Now this post is so... Ronnie :) I have noticed this a long time agao but you know, putting exclamation marks is communoicative !!

    Hey, life is too short to not let yourself expression enthusiasm,passion & fun(more of !!).
    So let it rip...

    I will be coming back & visiting you, though I noticed that I have not gotten back to speed with my visits to friends.

    Take care of yourself and see ya

  7. Greetings Asit Dhal!


    Thank you for stopping by and sharing a comment. It's so nice to meet you.

    Aren't exclamation marks fun to use? It's such a great way to express ourselves!!!!!

    Please stop by anytime. Have a wonderful day!!!!!

  8. Good Morning Colette!!!!!!


    Thanks for the extra (!)...I can definitely use them!!!!!!

    I totally agree on all that you shared about exclamation marks and CAPS. It such a wonderful form of communicating how we feel. And one sometime doesn't cut it. I need more!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! too about spelling. I'm such a terrible speller, so I try to check and recheck my posts before publishing them. Sometimes I'll even find a misspelled word two days AFTER I publish a post and makes me INSANE!

    As always...thank you for stopping by, my friend!

    Have a lovely day!


  9. Hiya MJ!

    That's how it is for me too.

    My excitement gets the best of me and I can't stop with the !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


    True...too many CAPS is overload. I try to use BOLD text sometimes if I want to highlight a point. There a some posts I read that are written with 50% CAPS and I find them hard to read.

    Thank you for dropping by, MJ!

    Enjoy your day!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  10. Hiya Jen!

    Thanks for understanding my addiction with exclamation marks, my friend.

    And it's true, because I really DO get excited about your posts and want to convey that.

    It's that Italian passion in my blood!!!!!!!!!!

    Thank you for dropping by, Jen!

    Always a pleasure seeing ya!

    Have a great Wednesday!


  11. Good Morning Dearest Kathryn!!!!

    HA!...yeah...I'm forever getting those zestful communicative ERECTIONS!

    tee, hee, hee.....

    You said it PERFECTLY....

    Uh-huh. #1=happy & excited. #2=Groan/ugh/crap.

    #1 definitely sounds much more excited and happy - I agree!

    #2 just sounds bland.

    !!!!'s get that EMOTION in there.

    Let's just hope they never do away with exclamation marks or I'm DOOMED!


    Thanks for stopping by, my wild and crazy pal!

    Have an AWESOME day!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


  12. Bonjour Barbara!!!!

    Hey, life is too short to not let yourself expression enthusiasm, passion & fun(more of !!).

    You said it, my friend!

    Ronnie the exclamation queen!!


    I can't help it though...I get POSSESSED!

    I love seeing you here whenever you stop by, my just stop by whenever you feel.

    Have a wonderful day, Barb!

    A big hug to you and Didier.

    {{{{{{ Barb + Didier }}}}}}


  13. Yes but exclamation marks are so expressive!! They make what you write meaningful! I love using exclamation marks and CAPS!!! I don't know how I would manage without them!!!!!!!! LOL

  14. Good Morning Akelamalu!!!!

    exclamation marks are so expressive!! They make what you write meaningful!

    That's how I feel too.

    Without them...I'd truly be mute!?!


    Thank you for stopping by, m'dear!

    And here's a couple I had left over from this post. I know you'll be able to put them to use.



  15. Oh my GOODNESS!!! This is another thing we have in COMMON!!!!

    I, too, show my love with exclamation marks and caps. I never even CONSIDERED that we might run out!!!

    Thing of it this way... would you rather be one of those annoying people who finishes every sentence with a question mark? So even if you're making a statement it sounds like a question?

    I hate people that do that?

    Makes me want to go smack happy? Use my exclamation marks as weapons? Perhaps get an air dart gun and stick people with exclamation darts?

    Have a wonderful day my friend? Talk to you soon?

    See... now don't you feel better about the exclamation marks???

    !!!!!! ;o)


  16. Good Morning Penny!

    Use my exclamation marks as weapons? Perhaps get an air dart gun and stick people with exclamation darts?

    Bwahahahahahaha! are TOOOO funny!

    OMG...and I HATE those people who finish their sentences with a QUESTION MARK!! Or those people who always answer your questions with a question.


    Listen, if you ever do run out of exclamation marks, I'll give you some of mine. I have shitload stored up!!!!!!


    Always great seeing ya, Penny!

    Have an EXCLAMATION day!!!!!!!


  17. Haha...I rarely use exclamation points. They are too "happy" I guess you could say. I'm not an outgoing person so I don't write any differently then when I talk. I'm very soft spoken and reserved most of the time unless provoked to act otherwise. But you, Ron, I believe you could pull off any incorrectly used grammar because you make it all seem so amusing. (: I love reading your blogs, humor isn't my forte but I need a good laugh now and again. (:

  18. I! Think! that! we! are! all! addicted! to! something!,! so! better! it! be! a! punctuation! mark! than! say! oven! cleaner!...
    as always LOVE your post!

  19. I like smiley faces as much as you like exclamation marks :) ! lol

  20. I love to use the "!" too! Of course, I can't tell you how many people thinkg I'm yelling when I use CAPS and !!! in my e-mails. LOL.

  21. Hi Insanity!

    Thank you for your kind words, buddy!

    Glad you enjoy - it's so nice having you here!

    I so enjoy your writing too!

    And you're absolutely right....we all write as we speak. That's what makes all our writing unique and individual.

    Thank you for stopping by today, Insanity!

    Hope you had a great day!!!!!!

  22. OMG...Brndoutw8tress...your comment was PRICELESS!

    so! better! it! be! a! punctuation! mark! than! say! oven! cleaner!...


    Thanks for sharing your awesome humor, my friend!

    Hope you had a MARVI day!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


  23. Hiya Smileyfreak!

    HA! I bet!

    And with a great name like smileyfreak, I think that suits you perfectly!!

    On one of my other blogs at Wordpress, they have their commenting system set up so you can actually leave smiley face icons on your comments - it's so COOL!!!!!

    Thank you for stopping by!

    And keep on SMILING. We need more of that in the world!

    Enjoy your evening!

  24. Howdy Constant Complainer!

    How are ya, bud????

    Great seeing ya! should see my emails!! I do the same thing, so what I started doing was use the bold text button to punctuate my emotions!

    But I STILL use exclamation marks like CRAZY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


    Thank you for dropping by, CC!

    Enjoy your evening!

  25. k. I'm about to use all caps AND exclamation marks--I just LOST MY COMMENT!


    I'm a hand talker--and consequently a finger to keyboard talker. I talk like I type...there's not a lot of difference in how I communicate here and how I communicate there.
    Don't ever ask me to sit on my hands and have a passionate, honest conversation. The hands HAVE to go. That's just how I'm made.

    No worry for me to see either when it comes to you, sir.
    Now, in the case of others--that could be an entirely different story.
    I guess it has to do with 'know your blogger'....

    How weird is that?! :-/

  26. Hiya Mel!!!!!

    You have no idea how much I thought of YOU when I wrote this post.

    I know of no other blogger who writes with as many CAPS and exclamation marks as I do, except you!

    You are SOOOOOOO expressive in your posts and that's why I love them. I can actually feel YOU in your writing.

    Maybe it's because we're both Libras. Or maybe it's the fact that we both like to talk with our hands. But I think it's delightfully ironic how the two us write very similar, using punctuation.

    And I think your right...

    ...'know your blogger.

    Because it could mean something entirely different coming from someone else.

    Thank you SOOOOOOOOOOOOOO much for stopping by and adding your thoughts to this post, dear lady.

    LOVED em'!

    Have a great evening, Mel!



  27. you also make wonderful use of bold and italic

    I love all of it

    I can feel your comments as I read them

  28. Helloooooo Dianne!!!!

    awww...thanks, dear lady!

    I SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO love to comment on your blog!!!

    Thanks for dropping by tonight!

    Hey...I thought of you today.

    Doncha LOVE LOVE LOVE this colder weather we're getting????


    X ya!

  29. Oh yeah, I went through an intense exclamation point detox. Now I'm at the point where I have to endure a good five minutes of self interrogation whenever I reach for that key. Do I really need that exclamation mark? Am I actually excited? How many have I already used?

    And yes, I am still using the question mark as a crutch to get me through.

  30. I LOVE that you use capitals and exclamations marks so much! Prolly because I use them too much too!

    I always picture us chatting over lunch and you are as animated as your comments!

    love you lots!!!

    Here...go squirrel these away for a rainy day!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :)

  31. Hi Tattytiara!

    Oh yeah, I went through an intense exclamation point detox...

    OMG...that is so funny!

    Hell...I don't think I could do that?!?

    I wonder if they have XPA meetings for that?

    Exclamation Point Anonymous.


    Thanks for stopping by.

    And thanks for the wonderful LAUGH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


  32. Helloooooooo Vixen Kitten!

    OMG...I always get so excited and happy when I see a comment from you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    How are ya????

    I think of you everytime I feel the winter cold rolling in and imagine you staying nice and cozy in your house; sitting next to warm a fireplace with Honey Girl at your feet.'s starting to get a bit colder here, but you know me...I freaking LOVE it!!!!!!!

    It's funny, because the people I've met in person through blogging, always say when they meet me that I'm exactly as I sounded on my blog.

    I guess they mean I look like one of these....!.


    Thanks for stopping by, dear one!

    Love to you and Honey Girl!

    xxxxxx Vk + HG xxxxxxx

    P.S. thanks for !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!'s

  33. if i am in the mood to type, which i am not lately, i will reach over and use them lots but have never known anyone quite like you and your erection- causing use of them....and i love that you do, you are just you, i love all the bold stuff too, it gets the point across just in case i am sleeping or they are sleeping...

    i don't know ... i am one who likes to use the ... like this.... in case you hadn't noticed...i use them all the time and actually have to go back and rewrite things because if i don't the whole thing is filled with now, see? well, there's a blip but you get the idea...i think it's because i don't like to do caps because i have a rib condition that sometimes makes it hard to actually reach up and make them on the keyboard so i don't like to use just ONE . because then i have to start the next word with a capital, right? how weird are humans? let me count the millions of ways we can think of to be weird...i also think if we are truly trying to be who we are through this rather stilted medium, we have to find ways to be who we are and show it, perhaps like this♥


    xoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxo....hoping you are not mad at me for not being here lately and since you have not commented on my lame post of yesterday, i think you are....what shall i ply you with? hmmmm, i know.........................................................!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  34. Hiya Linda!

    Isn't it funny how we all use some sort of punctuation that expresses how we talk?

    I love how you use these...

    I use them to, when I make a pause in my thinking. It's a great way to break up my thoughts.

    For me, writing for a blog has actually taught me to communicate clearer in my everyday life. I have a tendency to talk very fast, so blogging has taught me to slow down.

    Thank you soooo mucho for dropping by this evening, my friend!

    And thank you for these !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! because I never know if one day I will run out of them.


    {{{{{{{ Linda }}}}}}}


    P.S. now if I could only figure a way to get those cute little hearts I'd be in punctuation heaven!

  35. Oh! Ron! I! Just! LOVE! You! You're a real pisser. I too love to ues the ! I think this is due to being Irish, and like the Italians, we too love to talk with our hands, and we always have to have the last word and the ! is always the perfect ending!

  36. ♥♥♥♥♥♥

    We know something you don't know....lalalala......



  37. Mornin' Ron!!!

    Aren't you the sweetest - as evidenced in the Candy Corn thread you were a demon child but it's clear that you learned SOMETHING from kindergarten. You know how to share! ;o)

    !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! here are some extras for your stockpile... I like to do my part, you know. ;o)


    ps - I'm with Smileyfreak... smileys are my friend!!!

  38. Hiya Funny Girl!

    You said it!

    Being at one of my Italian family dinners was like a competition to see WHO would have the last word.

    Unfortunately, nobody ever could figure out who WON, because no one would stop TALKING!!!!!


    GREAT to see ya, FG!

    I've MISSED you tons!

    Hope all is well!

    Thank you for dropping by!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    {{{{{ Funny Girl }}}}}}


  39. Hiya Mel!

    Ok....I think I may have to do a little pleading with you and Linda to find out HOW you both got those.

    They're so ADORABLE!!!

    I heart ya Mel!

    *somehow that's not as effective as one of those little cuties.


    Have a great day, dear lady!!!!

  40. Good Morning Penny!


    Yes...and not only do I share these (!!!!!) but also my candy corn!

    tee, hee!

    And here's a smiley for ya, too....


    Have fun in all that magnificent snow, my friend!


  41. I find myself using elipsis's too much. I can't help myself!

    When I proof read, I have to go back and take some out. They are just part of me somehow...the same way exclamation points are you!!!

    You're too damn funny, Ron.
    Love ya'!!!

  42. Wheeeeeeeeeee!!!!111eleven1!

    My addiction (as is noted in your post) is all caps. I know it's rude. I know I'm shouting. But sometimes I AM shouting, you know? Sometimes italics or bold-face just doesn't cut it. It MUST be all-CAPS or people won't read it right.

    I love that you're storing up your exclamation points. But I don't think I want to be around when you let 'em loose.

  43. "I’ve never been one to use punctuation or grammar in the supposedly correct way, because I truly feel it confines me"

    I like that about your blog. I feel the same way. Thanks again for being one of the very early posters on my blog. I think your comments are always well recieved and fun.

  44. Hiya Nancy!

    OMG...I LOVE those too!!!

    Anything that will make my writing/speaking more expressive I'll use.

    For me, it makes writing come ALIVE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Always so great seeing ya, Nancy!

    Thanks for dropping by!

    It's getting very cold here in Philly, so guess what?


    X ya!

  45. Hola JD!


    If I should ever let loose of all the ! I've got stored'll look like a rainstorm of these...


    I'm with ya, girl....sometimes CAPS are an absolute MUST-HAVE to make a POINT!

    Thanks so much for stopping by!

    I LOVED your post today!

    Ivana Dick

    tee, hee!

  46. Howdy Tom!

    It's always so nice to see ya, buddy!

    Isn't it fun to be irreverent with how we individually express ourselves through writing?

    Thank you for your kind words, my friend!

    Comments for me, are more enjoyable than writing actual posts.

    Hope you had a great day!

    Enjoy your evening!

  47. No shit????????
    LOVE YA!!!

  48. Hi Lady Sorrow!


    Aren't I INSANE?

    Love ya too!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


  49. Can I tell you I feel guilty for not commenting on your interview posts?
    but I find them interesting, but I feel like i am at a cocktail party and everyone is in formals and I am in jeans..
    forgive me?

  50. Helloooo Lady Sorrow!

    OMG...please don't ever feel guilty, my wonderful friend.

    There is nothing to forgive.

    I always want my readers to feel free to comment or not, whenever they choose. I truthfully realize that sometimes I may share something that someone may only wish to read.

    (I have a No Pressure rule on this blog)

    But please know that I think you look FAAAAABULOUS in your jeans!

    And trust me, when I have a party...I ALWAYS where my jeans!

    Fuck those FORMALS!!!


    Thank you for your thoughtful concern, dear lady.

    I LOVE ya!!!!

    {{{{{{ Sorrow }}}}}

  51. Bwahahahahaha!!!!!!

    I'm glad I made it by to see this one!!

    You've got to know what a great big smile I get on my face when I see all those exclamation (I mean !!! points).

    Looks like the others have left you a fresh supply, but just in case you should run low, here are a couple extra,


  52. I don't use them much! I think I comma everything to death! I prefer LOWER CASE letters, not initial caps, NOT ALL CAPS, but LOWER CASE!!

    ron, you're the best!

  53. HIYA JEFF!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


    OMG...I'm so freakin' glad you stopped by to read this post, buddy!

    Of course, you KNOW I thought of YOU the whole time I was writing it, so I had to share our joke with everyone!

    And thanks for the extra !!!!!!!!!!!!!! because my shoebox is getting a little empty!


    Have a great weekend, my friend!


  54. Hey Valerie!



    Oh...and ME TOO, Val!

    I NEVER know when to use a comma, so I use it EVERY TIME I take a breath.


    Thanks for dropping by, my friend!

    Have a wonderful weekend!


  55. I know! I LOVE how you use CAP and exclamation points! I can tell it's just your personality shining through!!!

  56. Hiya Chrissy!

    awwww.....THANKS, my friend!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    tee, hee!