Monday, August 10, 2009

Exclamation points - Girls use them & Guys confuse them!


The proportion of written compared to verbal communication I do is increasing at an alarming rate.

For the most part, I've adjusted. My text messaging speed is fairly impressive, and I've become one of the foremost advocates of the predictive text. On Gchat or Facebook chat I'm sure to give my friends prompt responses, and in email I've gone so far as to attach a song just to provide the appropriate ambiance.

Still, I don't claim to know it all.

The exclamation point, in particular, has really been playing tricks on my mind. Every three or four text messages from a girl has an explanation point.

"Thanks for dinner"
Is the just polite.

"Thanks for dinner!"
Basically means that you had the best night ever, and things are on track for a trip to Vegas to elope.

"When are we going to hang out again"
Is what you say to an old friend.

When are we going to hang out again!"
Means, if you're still awake come over.

"Wish you were here"
Is basically just a space filler.

"Wish you were here!"
Is an abhoration of love, and if the sun is down a sexual encounter missed.

I surround myself by the classiest of women, so it's safe to assume that my interpretation of the exclamation point is off base. But help a brother, and just leave it out next time.

More to come!

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