"I Love You Period"*

Posted by Katie L. Carroll on September 24, 2009 in Language, Writing |

I think I heard “I Love You Period” at a karaoke night (I generally don’t get up and sing myself, except to maybe provide backup when the girls get up and do “Baby Got Back” or “Ice Ice Baby“). It’s really quite a terrible song, but I thought it fitting for National Punctuation Day (yeah, yeah, we all know I’m a big dork). Here’s the full chorus in all its glory:

I love you period
Do you love me question mark
Please, please exclamation point
I want to hold you in parentheses

I’ve been thinking about what my favorite punctuation mark is, and I have to say I don’t think I can decide. I’m a big fan of the semicolon; yet I also really enjoy ellipses…and I’m sure you have all noticed how often I like to use parentheses (they’re great for asides). What’s your favorite?

*Dan Baird

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  • Amber Hamilton says:

    I'm personally a fan of the long dash. Does that have a different name? I should really know this.

    Anyway, J.K. used it often.

  • KT says:

    Thanks for stopping by, Amber. I believe the long dash is the em dash and the short one is the en dash (b/c m is longer than n…that's how I remember!).

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