Why are people using ellipses instead of a period?
December 13, 2006 2:32 PM Subscribe
What has happened to people being able to properly use a single
period to end a sentence?
posted by The Bishop of Turkey to writing & language (73 answers total) 9 users marked this as a favorite
More and more I'm seeing this thing in email and friends' blog entries where the writer ends a sentence with three to four periods instead of the proper period and a space (or two). These are not sentences that should or would be normally ended with an ellipsis. Now that I am reading the Mark Foley email post
on the Blue I am seeing that it is not limited to just a few people.
I'll pull an example out of the Foley email: "I just emailed _....hes such a nice guy...acts much older than his age...and hes in really great shape...I am" and so forth.
Is there something that started this or a reason for it that I am not aware of? This doesn't seem like it is a lazy online writing thing since we're talking 3-4 keystrokes as compared to 2 or 3.