This may be last word in overly touchy Gen Z silliness. Full stop

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This may be last word in overly touchy Gen Z silliness. Full stop

Today’s frenetically sensitive texters see this particular punctuation mark as an act of hostility, and insincere

Helena Horton

Full stops have become the latest casualty of youthful sensitivity as experts say they can be “intimidating”.

As teenagers and those in their early 20s, Generation Z have grown up with phones in their hands, using short messages to communicate with one another, and the punctuation mark has fallen out of fashion and become a symbol of curt passive-aggression.

Linguists have been debating the use of the full stop and why some young people interpret a correctly punctuated text as a sign of annoyance. Some argued that the full stop had become redundant, as a text was now ended simply by sending it, and the sentence did not need to be finished with a punctuation mark...

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