exclamation point

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n exclamation point a punctuation mark (!) used after an exclamation
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Quotations

  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “Cut out all these exclamation points. An exclamation point is like laughing at your own joke.”
  • Mistinguett
    Mistinguett
    “A kiss can be a comma, a question mark or an exclamation point. That's basic spelling that every woman ought to know.”

Usage

In literature:

Exclamation points must be used sparingly: a row of three or four of them at the end of a sentence is a sign of amateurism.
"Short Story Writing" by Charles Raymond Barrett
It was some kind of a long winded story she was tellin' very confidential, with Marjorie supplyin' the exclamation points.
"Torchy" by Sewell Ford
What is the exclamation point used for?
"Punctuation" by Frederick W. Hamilton
Exclamations in an interrogative form take a mark of exclamation after them, not a point of interrogation.
""Stops"" by Paul Allardyce
On passing this point they stopped with an exclamation of amazement.
"The World of Ice" by R.M. Ballantyne
Sam was on the point of following, when an exclamation from Slagg checked him.
"The Battery and the Boiler" by R.M. Ballantyne
They had not gone far, however, when one of the party uttered a sudden exclamation, and pointed to footprints on a soft part of the ground.
"The Norsemen in the West" by R.M. Ballantyne
A scornful exclamation point.
"Erik Dorn" by Ben Hecht
Use the exclamation point after every exclamatory sentence or expression.
"Practical Grammar and Composition" by Thomas Wood
MY four days in Philadelphia have just been one exclamation point after another!
"Patchwork" by Anna Balmer Myers
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In poetry:

Diminishes, and God knows what is there.
A point of exclamation marks that sky
In ringing orange like a stellar carrot.
Its round period, displaced and green,
Suspends beside it the first point, the starting
"The Ghost's Leavetaking" by Sylvia Plath

In news:

They threw in the exclamation point for good measure.
The results in Oregon are likely to provide the final exclamation point.
TOM WOLFE raises the exclamation-point quotient dramatically on the op-ed page of today's New York Times.
The Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life this week put an exclamation point on a trend that portends sweeping changes in American culture, religion and politics.
Syrian Blackout Puts Exclamation Point on WCIT Conference.
I don't care much for exclamation points.
It's proclaimed with a smile, gratitude and an exclamation point.
RIM's BlackBerry PlayBook tablet underwent an iFixit teardown that found solid construction and killer cameras, but nothing very exclamation point worthy.
The Ohio State-Michigan faceoff is their opportunity to put an exclamation point on what has been a remarkable season of performances.
Can we redact that exclamation point.
Danny Dietrich put an exclamation point on a championship season by scoring the $5,000 win Saturday in the 40-lap Kenny Weld/Hilly Rife Memorial at Lincoln Speedway.
Jazz with an Exclamation Point.
Amy Shook speaks in exclamation points.
Obama's campaign added an exclamation point to placards and banners bearing the campaign's motto.
The Exclamation Point at the End of This Headline About the FIBA Championships Is Not Facetious.
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In science:

God knows I do not like exclamation points. I generally prefer AngloSaxon understatement to the exalted declarations of the Slavic soul.
Review of "Knots" by Alexei Sossinsky, Harvard University Press, 2002, ISBN 0-674-00944-4
Yet I had to restrain myself from putting two exclamation points instead of just one at the end of the previous section.
Review of "Knots" by Alexei Sossinsky, Harvard University Press, 2002, ISBN 0-674-00944-4
Ingvar would think they ought to know. (Note: The exclamation point after 60 indicates astonishment, not “factorial” - even Ingvar has his limitations.) The question posed in the title may be short, but it does not have a snappy answer.
What is the Force between Electrons?
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