Blog 3- Exclamation Points

Published December 16, 2014 by bribri95

Brianna Debow

Blog post #3

Class work 9

When it comes to writing, or even talking, there are certain grammar habits that we just can’t get out of. Grammar especially tends to be one of those habits were we use a word, phrase, or punctuation the wrong way. This continues because no one has corrected us of our wrong doing, or if they have, we forget and keep doing it. One of the most common grammar mistake we make is with punctuation.  The exclamation point seems to be everyone’s favorite punctuation mark to mess up. Overuse of the exclamation point is most commonly found in text messages, tweets, Facebook post and emails.

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The overuse of the exclamation point is actually a condition someone came up with on Urban Dictionary called “bangorrhea”.  Which means overusing exclamation points in vain and a failing attempt to make your writing sound more exciting. Trying to put more “bang” in your prose, but instead looking like you have exclamation point diarrhea. Now as funny as that may sound, it’s the truth. You can’t run around and excessively use exclamation points. An exclamation point is for exclaiming something worthy to shout about. Things like “How are you!!!” don’t need an exclamation point. I think of it as if the sentence is urgent, or very exciting. That would most likely be the appropriate time to use an exclamation point. For example “Ashley had the baby!”  Or “Stop that thief; he stole my purse!”  Sentences like those call for a sense of urgency to where an exclamation point is necessary.

Scott Fitzgerald states “Cut out all these exclamation points. An exclamation point is like laughing at your own joke.”  So let’s stop laughing at our own jokes and slow down on those exclamation points. If your sentence is persuasive enough, then it should make the impression on the reader regardless of the exclamation point. Years ago a Saturday morning cartoon show called “Schoolhouse Rock” was the one of the coolest educational show of its time. One particular episode “Interjections”  explains in simple terms when and when not to add an exclamation point. All in all exclamation points I believe are overused because we are overly excited about things. When in reality sometimes the sentence might just call for a simple period.

Blog 2- Incomplete Comparisons

Published December 16, 2014 by bribri95

Brianna Debow

Blog Post #2

Class Work 8

Have you ever found it odd when a commercial for a new phone model comes out and the slogan might be “Our model is now faster, better, stronger”?  Now that’s great and all but what exactly is the new model faster, better, and stronger than? That is a grammar crime I’d like to call incomplete comparisons. Incomplete comparisons are when someone leaves out what exactly they’re comparing that something else to. Of course grammar crimes are sometimes things we do out of a habit and this is one of those crimes where you don’t notice it until someone points it out to you.spider-man-meme

When comparing, I believe, it’s appropriate to at least compare to one or two other objects.  You have to compare something to something else otherwise it’ll be incomplete. To me it’s kind of like a cliff hanger and you look at the sentence or person like “Ok, better or stronger than what?”  It’s like you’re not done explaining what exactly you’re talking about, because then the mind is confused and wandering what object is being compared to another.  It’s always good to remember to use common words like “more” and “than” when comparing two things together. This allows you to avoid the mistake and the sentence won’t be incomplete. For example, we can use the sentence “Our model is faster, better and stronger than Android” if we were comparing Apple products to Android products.

This bad habit isn’t committed because were stupid, but simply because we’re just too smart and we naturally fill in the blanks. Meaning that when we compare something to another we just let our minds wander to what the other object could possibly be and we leave it at that without asking any question as to what exactly the other object is.  An example on article, “How to avoid writing incomplete comparisons”. Which explains that when comparing we have words in a sentence like “so” that has to be a part of a pair, because it’s still leaving your reader with an incomplete comparison. For insistence “Trey’s swim meet was so great” the word so has to be paired with a word like “that” so the sentence is now complete and turns into “Treys swim meet was so great, that he was awarded a scholarship”.  This little habit isn’t hard to learn to stop we just have to remember when comparing to compare it with one or two more objects.

Blog 1- “Your and you’re” “There, their, they’re”

Published December 16, 2014 by bribri95

Brianna Debow

Blog post 1

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In the world, it is not often that people use the proper form of certain similar words, such as “your and you’re” and “there, their and they’re”. This mistake is often found in text messages, Facebook post, and tweets. How can we live in a world where people don’t know the difference and when it is appropriate to use the right version of the word?  To me, this is not a hard rule to learn. If you went to school and paid attention in third grade English class, it should be simple. The people who do this are the ones who missed that lesson, which is fine because I’m here to help!

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Here, we see in a text how some people use the incorrect “your”, and obnoxiously the person texting back is correcting them to get use the right “you’re”. Although at the end of the last text message the person texting on the left finally used “you’re” but in the wrong context and actually needed to use “your”.  The difference between these words is pretty easy, the breakdown of “you’re” is you are. In the text “OMG your so annoying” might sound correct but when replacing your with you’re instead it would look like “OMG you are so annoying” which is translated to “OMG you’re so annoying”. When using your, that means something belongs to you. In the last text it said “Fine! I’m gonna kick you’re a**”. Sadly, they used the wrong your because they were referring to the person’s butt which is theirs, and you’re doesn’t make sense here. This simple video also broke down the difference between “your and you’re”. I found the video quick and easy to remember the difference between the two.

Today in society we also mistakenly use the word “there” incorrectly. The word there is used in three different ways. Yes, they may all sound the same like the words “your” and “you’re” but all three have different meanings, which people I think fail to realize. So if we want to show that something exists, we use “there”. For an example, “There is a book on that table.”  When using “they’re” is just like the word “you’re” which breaks down to “they are”. An example of this would be “They are coming to my house” which translates to “They’re coming to my house.” Lastly the word “their” which is used when a person has possession of something, can be used in a sentence like “Mike and Joe said come over to their house.”


I think we all use words that we think are correct because of the way they sound. When in reality they are in the wrong context and we do not notice. Good friends will correct us of these mistakes, so we do not look stupid at our corporate jobs someday. In society we have fallen into this trap of misused words and no one has corrected us; therefore, we keep on using the incorrect use of the word. I hope this helps someone because I know I once needed this lesson and I obviously wasn’t paying attention in the third grade.