Overuse Of The Exclamation Point Hits Epidemic Proportions!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

An exclamation point is used to emphasize a vigorous event or commanding revelation. I begrudgingly accept that, its overuse has resulted in nothing more than just another punctuation mark or a broken nail pounded with a jackhammer at the end of any sentence.

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The obsessive overuse of the exclamation point on social media and writing has become an epidemic. It has evolved into an obsession to emphatically over emphasize ordinary circumstances. An exclamation point has become mundane, misused, overused, and unexcitable. It is often misunderstood and seems interchangeable with other forms of punctuation. I openly admit I am not a professional writer nor an English major and I make mistakes in grammar frequently. A basic understanding of grammar should be sufficient to digest the proper use of the exclamation point. We all have that basic understanding, right?

An exclamation point is used to emphasize a vigorous event or commanding revelation. It is used to indicate excitability and can offer great revelations when used properly. Its overuse has resulted in a broken nail flattened with a jackhammer to drive home a point at the end of statements or it is substituted for more suitable forms of punctuation. The issue is, exclamation points are rarely used correctly and are often used to affirm emotions which have angry tones or to proclaim an unwillingness to accept another’s opinion. Many people despise the exclamation point and immediately ignore expressions of statements which have a nail pounded at the end. At no point in the English language is it ever considered ideal to use multiple exclamation points after making a statement.!!!!!!!!!!  It creates a negative interpretation because of the repeated nails flattened with a jackhammer. When a point has been made, one exclamation point is sufficient. No useful purpose is served by adding multiple nails jackhammered with an overwhelming g-force that flattens the keyboard. Multiple exclamation points can expose lazy vocabulary skills. There are a multitude of word choices available to drive home a point without using an exclamation point.

Feuding with one who has ended their statement with an emphatic exclamation point quite often begins a volley of exchanges which can quickly escalate into nonsense or swatting each other with rapid fire rants. Slow down, think about what needs to be said or written without the emphatic sledge hammer at the end of a statement. Composing a rational viewpoint which limits the possibility for turbulent exchanges and minimizes misinterpretations may take some time and diligent thought. Draft a sentence or thought that can initiate an exchange of ideas which are mutually acceptable to each party and omit the sledge hammer at the end. The outcome will result in a willingness to engage in understanding each others viewpoints and contribute to a well thought out volley of words. We want our viewpoints recognized, so minimize the use of the exclamation point, it rarely garners an exchange of words which contributes to civility and understanding.

Concise, honest, and compassionate writing along with prudent conversation helps cultivate the groundwork for humanity. Writing and speaking skills are a means of expressing our resourcefulness for ideas and a means to showcase our grammar. If one must use an exclamation point, do so in a manner that reflects excitability, civility, or in a way that transitions a persons attention to an urgent matter. and please one nail at the end is enough. The command of our English language has been hijacked by texting, using numbers for words, using individual letters for entire words, acronyms, and twisting of words. We have steadily slipped into the depths of limited vocabulary, limited knowledge of proper sentence structure, general withdrawal from proper english, and limited writing skills. Aside from that, resist the urge to pull the exclamation point out of the tool box because there are many other tools that can be used to drive home a statement.

Steve Cowgar

 

 

 

Our Golden Christmas

Our hearts grow tender with memories past of gifts and love. Troubles drift miles away, our faithful family forever in our heart and friends and family of yore tucked beautifully in our mind. A shining star upon the highest bough, a day to rejoice.

I love to be with you when Christmas Day slips away, by the ocean with a gentle breeze, with waves methodically reaching for the distant shore. The solemn sandy beach is empty this evening, our day fading with the sitting sun. Now the shadows cast their form, our family and friends have gone away. The evening chill has settled in, our hearts grow tender with memories past of gifts and love. Troubles flee, they have been cast adrift miles away, no worries, only glee. Our faithful family and friends forever in our heart, loved ones of yore tucked beautifully in our minds. A shining star in the endless sky, a day to rejoice, baby Jesus is born. I’m holding you tight this Christmas evening my love, side by side we are cradled together, two souls are one. There is no better place, no better time, and no better love than you, my darling. With each passing year our destination draws near. The precious moments captured in our window, opening when called to warm our heart with all we’ve seen. Olden days of yesterday, golden days for the years ahead, that’s what we love. We have each other dear, we are filled with a treasure trove bursting with life. We cherish each Christmas together with our heart and soul. This magnificent evening we are arm in arm together, rest must come, our day fulfilled. I say goodnight my love, I’ll keep you close this golden Christmas Day. Tomorrow will come, we must believe. I bid my precious family and friends goodnight with sincere wishes of love and hope for your cherished dreams to come true. God Bless you all.

steve cowgar

Stay Informed, Don’t Lag Behind

Epic proportions of information are available for those who are driven to learn and stay engaged in society.

The multitude of information obtainable today is extraordinary. Never in our history have we had so much information available to us. Ancient rulers were able to control their followers through the flow of information. Only a few volumes of information were contained in the form of books which were closely guarded by a select few. Those select few were able to isolate libraries or destroy them for the sake of control over people. Today information is available in epic proportions and control over people is more challenging.

If we are not staying informed, we can expect a profound negative effect on our life. With so much information available it is easy to believe we have no need to learn because it’s all stored in a data bank where someone must have access, or somebody knows what is stored in the data bank. Why would we need to know about information if it is accessible when we need it? Accessing information only when its needed might be to late. Life is such a whirlwind that procrastinating about staying informed will leave us in the dust. Massive files are quickly created and expanded which demands swift action when making decisions. We cannot be uninformed about issues which affect our life. The ability to efficiently process information and to get engaged in the surge is a requirement to stay current.

It is accepted knowledge the average person uses only 10% of their mental capacity and a genius uses only 15%. Imagine our brain which has a potential of 100%, yet we use only 1/10 of that capacity. That is quite astounding considering there is 85% to 90% of our brain which is just idling. We have not even come close to discovering how to access and utilize that part of our brain which is idling. If we just commit to absorb one more percent of information we could become be better equipped to excel and make decisions. One percent does not sound like much, it would only require a little enlightenment, training, and the will to grow mentally.

We should never become complacent to the point where we are not in tune with the times. The information deluge is not going to slow down. Stay alert, stay focused, and stay interested or the collector of the heap which swiftly fades will come knocking at the door. We could depend on others to keep us informed, but in reality we can’t depend on anyone but ourself. Don’t let information overload be the reason to coast through life uninformed and unprepared. Why give someone the advantage because they are more informed? Make a commitment to learn something new each day, that is an easy task which requires minimum time and effort.

Chemicals/Pesticides, Are They The Norm We Have Become Desensitized To?

Chemicals/pesticides have become so commonplace we tend to be very accepting of their use as opposed to being very cautious about long term exposure.

So now we spray neighborhoods with chemicals/pesticides from the air because of the Zika virus threat or West Nile threat. What are the long term consequences of human contact with chemicals being sprayed from the air? Why on earth are we spraying pesticides from an airplane where air currents carry the chemicals over vast areas. I personally think it is absurd to blanket spray any neighborhood from the air without people in the area being fully aware of the consequences. I’m frosted that someone can fly over anyones house with the blessings of some bureaucrat and bomb them with chemicals without their knowledge unless they turn on the evening news for updates. I am totally on board when it comes to minimizing the threat from mosquitos, but shouldn’t we be a little more concentrated on specific targeted areas with on the ground and on the specific site where insects have tested positive instead of blanket spraying entire areas? What else is being sprayed in the atmosphere that some whacko deems necessary for some kind on insect control or indirectly, people control that I am unaware of. Wild thought eh?

I woke up this morning to the landscaping company at our condo complex spraying chemicals on the lawn and posting signs for pets to stay off the lawn for 24 hours. This is a scheduled occurrence which happens about four times a year. Although it may appear that the wind is not blowing, the very small droplets of the lawn spray are picked up by air currents and are deposited wherever the drift carries them. If these products are unhealthy for my pet, then they are also unhealthy for me.

My point is – did you ever take a minute to think about all the chemicles a person comes in contact with during a day. Think about the chemicals in cleaning products, soaps, deodorants, foods we consume, the air we breath, clothes we wear, makeup, perfumes, furniture, lotions, flooring products, any insecticide, chemicals from drugs and agriculture runoff in our water, paint or building materials, fuels, and on and on. Imagine for just a moment all the chemicals that a person is exposed to in just one day.

I’m not saying get rid of all chemicals, but in a world of modified genetics, and molecular modification of products shouldn’t we be very aware of what we allow ourselves to be exposed to on a daily basis? I’m not saying stay in a sterile room with filtered air, but minimizing exposure is a smart move to maintain a healthy lifestyle.

Now go outside or stay inside and take a deep breath, do you know what you just inhaled? Exactly, you have no idea. Contrast that with the air from as little as 200 years ago. Don’t you think it is logical to be assured it wasn’t as polluted as todays air and environment? Sure life is much better today than it was back then, but at what expense to our longterm well being?