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The ‘aggressive’ full stop is not the only thing young people are gatvol about

Radhika Sanghani

The sight of it makes every millennial’s blood run cold. With its blank finality, lack of warmth, and overtones of passive aggression, there is no punctuation more terrifying than the full stop. Compared to the allure of ellipsis or an enthusiastic exclamation mark (so beloved by we millennials that I have one tattooed on my wrist), the use of a full stop – be it at the end of an e-mail, WhatsApp, or even this very sentence – is nothing short of intimidating.

Now it’s official. This week linguistic experts have, rightly, claimed that the punctuation mark is viewed as a “sign of annoyance” by younger generations who have grown up with phones in our hands. To us it’s shorthand for “I’m so annoyed with you I’m going to send you this cold symbol of dread”; to anyone over 50 it’s the only grammatically correct way to end a sentence.

Alas, this is just one of many irritating intergenerational divides .....

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