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brian_eggleston
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10/11/2011 3:01:15 PM
Posted: 5 years ago
This is an American-dominated site and I rarely see the use of brackets, colons, semi-colons and exclamation marks.

Am I wrong or are ( ) : ; and ! not used very often in America?
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mattrodstrom
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10/11/2011 3:03:18 PM
Posted: 5 years ago
At 10/11/2011 3:01:15 PM, brian_eggleston wrote:
This is an American-dominated site and I rarely see the use of brackets, colons, semi-colons and exclamation marks.

Am I wrong or are ( ) : ; and ! not used very often in America?

I have trouble with semi-colons :(

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10/11/2011 3:04:49 PM
Posted: 5 years ago
At 10/11/2011 3:01:15 PM, brian_eggleston wrote:
This is an American-dominated site and I rarely see the use of brackets, colons, semi-colons and exclamation marks.

Am I wrong or are ( ) : ; and ! not used very often in America?

I use brackets all the time (well, most of the time at least). Colons and Semi-colons, no. And exclamation marks are try to use as little as possible, since they are over used on the internet already.
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brian_eggleston
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10/11/2011 3:04:55 PM
Posted: 5 years ago
At 10/11/2011 3:03:18 PM, mattrodstrom wrote:
At 10/11/2011 3:01:15 PM, brian_eggleston wrote:
This is an American-dominated site and I rarely see the use of brackets, colons, semi-colons and exclamation marks.

Am I wrong or are ( ) : ; and ! not used very often in America?

I have trouble with semi-colons :(

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Ha! Ha! I see from your reply that at least the necessary keys are not missing from American keyboards!
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innomen
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10/11/2011 3:07:07 PM
Posted: 5 years ago
At 10/11/2011 3:01:15 PM, brian_eggleston wrote:
This is an American-dominated site and I rarely see the use of brackets, colons, semi-colons and exclamation marks.

Am I wrong or are ( ) : ; and ! not used very often in America?

If anything i overuse the semicolon, because it used to annoy poejoe, and i like it. I haven't noticed that punctuation isn't used much, but i wouldn't be surprised.
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10/11/2011 3:07:42 PM
Posted: 5 years ago
At 10/11/2011 3:01:15 PM, brian_eggleston wrote:
This is an American-dominated site and I rarely see the use of brackets, colons, semi-colons and exclamation marks.

Am I wrong or are ( ) : ; and ! not used very often in America?

Not true in the slightest. Read some classic and modern American literature like To Kill a Mocking Bird, The Great Gatsby, or Babbit. "()" are called parentheses over hear, and colons are not very necessary in normal speech.
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10/11/2011 3:08:03 PM
Posted: 5 years ago
At 10/11/2011 3:04:49 PM, Ore_Ele wrote:
At 10/11/2011 3:01:15 PM, brian_eggleston wrote:
This is an American-dominated site and I rarely see the use of brackets, colons, semi-colons and exclamation marks.

Am I wrong or are ( ) : ; and ! not used very often in America?

I use brackets all the time (well, most of the time at least). Colons and Semi-colons, no. And exclamation marks are try to use as little as possible, since they are over used on the internet already.

Oh no! I've been making online indiscretions without realising it!

(And I did so again; right there.)
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mattrodstrom
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10/11/2011 3:08:50 PM
Posted: 5 years ago
At 10/11/2011 3:07:42 PM, 000ike wrote:
Not true in the slightest.

Go away.
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10/11/2011 3:08:50 PM
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I agree with OreEle, the exclamation point is overused and has lost it's intended meaning; it amost seems juvenile to use it.
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10/11/2011 3:08:58 PM
Posted: 5 years ago
At 10/11/2011 3:07:42 PM, 000ike wrote:
At 10/11/2011 3:01:15 PM, brian_eggleston wrote:
This is an American-dominated site and I rarely see the use of brackets, colons, semi-colons and exclamation marks.

Am I wrong or are ( ) : ; and ! not used very often in America?

Not true in the slightest. Read some classic and modern American literature like To Kill a Mocking Bird, The Great Gatsby, or Babbit. "()" are called parentheses over here, and colons are not very necessary in normal speech.

You've got to be kidding me! :(
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10/11/2011 3:10:24 PM
Posted: 5 years ago
At 10/11/2011 3:08:50 PM, innomen wrote:
I agree with OreEle, the exclamation point is overused and has lost it's intended meaning; it amost seems juvenile to use it.

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10/11/2011 3:10:45 PM
Posted: 5 years ago
At 10/11/2011 3:07:42 PM, 000ike wrote:
At 10/11/2011 3:01:15 PM, brian_eggleston wrote:
This is an American-dominated site and I rarely see the use of brackets, colons, semi-colons and exclamation marks.

Am I wrong or are ( ) : ; and ! not used very often in America?

Not true in the slightest. Read some classic and modern American literature like To Kill a Mocking Bird, The Great Gatsby, or Babbit. "()" are called parentheses over hear, and colons are not very necessary in normal speech.

I didn't know that.
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10/11/2011 3:16:04 PM
Posted: 5 years ago
At 10/11/2011 3:10:45 PM, brian_eggleston wrote:
At 10/11/2011 3:07:42 PM, 000ike wrote:
At 10/11/2011 3:01:15 PM, brian_eggleston wrote:
This is an American-dominated site and I rarely see the use of brackets, colons, semi-colons and exclamation marks.

Am I wrong or are ( ) : ; and ! not used very often in America?

Not true in the slightest. Read some classic and modern American literature like To Kill a Mocking Bird, The Great Gatsby, or Babbit. "()" are called parentheses over hear, and colons are not very necessary in normal speech.

I didn't know that.

Really?

What do you call these? [ ]

I learned (and I'm assuming that most US students learned) that "( )" are parentheses and "[ ]" are brackets.

I wonder if that is really a British vs American thing, or perhaps different generations? Is that what some younger (not saying that you are as old as dirt or anything) British individuals that can shed more light?
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10/11/2011 3:16:41 PM
Posted: 5 years ago
At 10/11/2011 3:10:45 PM, brian_eggleston wrote:
At 10/11/2011 3:07:42 PM, 000ike wrote:
At 10/11/2011 3:01:15 PM, brian_eggleston wrote:
This is an American-dominated site and I rarely see the use of brackets, colons, semi-colons and exclamation marks.

Am I wrong or are ( ) : ; and ! not used very often in America?

Not true in the slightest. Read some classic and modern American literature like To Kill a Mocking Bird, The Great Gatsby, or Babbit. "()" are called parentheses over hear, and colons are not very necessary in normal speech.

I didn't know that.

[ ] - Brackets, ( ) - Parentheses.
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10/11/2011 3:24:53 PM
Posted: 5 years ago
At 10/11/2011 3:16:41 PM, innomen wrote:
At 10/11/2011 3:10:45 PM, brian_eggleston wrote:
At 10/11/2011 3:07:42 PM, 000ike wrote:
At 10/11/2011 3:01:15 PM, brian_eggleston wrote:
This is an American-dominated site and I rarely see the use of brackets, colons, semi-colons and exclamation marks.

Am I wrong or are ( ) : ; and ! not used very often in America?

Not true in the slightest. Read some classic and modern American literature like To Kill a Mocking Bird, The Great Gatsby, or Babbit. "()" are called parentheses over hear, and colons are not very necessary in normal speech.

I didn't know that.

[ ] - Brackets, ( ) - Parentheses.

( ) - Brackets, [ ] - Square brackets, { } - Curly braces, ( ) - Round brackets (as well)

What do you call { } ?
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000ike
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10/11/2011 3:29:39 PM
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At 10/11/2011 3:24:53 PM, Indophile wrote:
At 10/11/2011 3:16:41 PM, innomen wrote:
At 10/11/2011 3:10:45 PM, brian_eggleston wrote:
At 10/11/2011 3:07:42 PM, 000ike wrote:
At 10/11/2011 3:01:15 PM, brian_eggleston wrote:
This is an American-dominated site and I rarely see the use of brackets, colons, semi-colons and exclamation marks.

Am I wrong or are ( ) : ; and ! not used very often in America?

Not true in the slightest. Read some classic and modern American literature like To Kill a Mocking Bird, The Great Gatsby, or Babbit. "()" are called parentheses over hear, and colons are not very necessary in normal speech.

I didn't know that.

[ ] - Brackets, ( ) - Parentheses.

( ) - Brackets, [ ] - Square brackets, { } - Curly braces, ( ) - Round brackets (as well)


What do you call { } ?

( ) - parentheses [ ] - brackets { } - Braces (I think ours makes more sense >_>)
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Indophile
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10/11/2011 3:36:11 PM
Posted: 5 years ago
At 10/11/2011 3:29:39 PM, 000ike wrote:
At 10/11/2011 3:24:53 PM, Indophile wrote:
At 10/11/2011 3:16:41 PM, innomen wrote:
At 10/11/2011 3:10:45 PM, brian_eggleston wrote:
At 10/11/2011 3:07:42 PM, 000ike wrote:
At 10/11/2011 3:01:15 PM, brian_eggleston wrote:
This is an American-dominated site and I rarely see the use of brackets, colons, semi-colons and exclamation marks.

Am I wrong or are ( ) : ; and ! not used very often in America?

Not true in the slightest. Read some classic and modern American literature like To Kill a Mocking Bird, The Great Gatsby, or Babbit. "()" are called parentheses over hear, and colons are not very necessary in normal speech.

I didn't know that.

[ ] - Brackets, ( ) - Parentheses.

( ) - Brackets, [ ] - Square brackets, { } - Curly braces, ( ) - Round brackets (as well)


What do you call { } ?

( ) - parentheses [ ] - brackets { } - Braces (I think ours makes more sense >_>)

The only place I ever used [] and {} was in mathematics. The English language doesn't need those symbols. So it hardly matters which one makes sense as they are not used in the language * _ *
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Logic_on_rails
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10/13/2011 2:55:38 AM
Posted: 5 years ago
At 10/11/2011 3:01:15 PM, brian_eggleston wrote:
This is an American-dominated site and I rarely see the use of brackets, colons, semi-colons and exclamation marks.

Am I wrong or are ( ) : ; and ! not used very often in America?

Indeed, the grammar is quite lacking here. Perhaps these sciolistic diletanttes should sharpen up their act? I don't expect anybody to know the meaning of 2 words in the previous sentence (although I know them) .

I find that the use of the semi-colon is least found, and indeed I've read a lot on the disappearance of the semi colon from writing. I've learnt to include the semi colon in my writing, but given the poor state of writing on the Internet I don't think it's going to be the next Internet language trend.
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