Source is wikipedia, ‘cuz when is it not, at midnight.
- The exclamation mark was introduced into English printing in the 15th century, and was called the “sign of admiration or exclamation” or the “note of admiration” until the mid-17th century.
- One study has shown that women use exclamation marks more than men do.
- F. Scott Fitzgerald had this to say on the matter: “Cut out all those exclamation points. An exclamation point is like laughing at your own jokes.”
My ex-boyfriend used to always put a space between his words and exclamation points. Wow ! So crazy ! — it would drive me mad. For a while I thought it was his own quirk, but then I realized the French write that way as standard practice, as if the exclamation point needs room to breathe. It never stopped bothering me, though.