This is a half-joking, half-serious post, but I’d appreciate your thoughts and input on this!
Recently I ran into a situation where I had inadvertently offended someone by using an exclamation mark on a door sign.
She asked me why I was yelling at the people who would see the sign.
I was puzzled and asked her what she meant. She said by adding the exclamation point letting people know an employee had moved downstairs, I was yelling at people.
I had never heard of this before. I knew that using all caps is considered yelling, but needed to Google this to see if it’s a new thing I hadn’t heard of. Apparently, some people DO feel offended when an exclamation point is used, because it makes them feel yelled at. (I checked in with another Executive Assistant, and she reassured me it wasn’t really a thing.)
Have you heard this?
Needless to say, I printed out a new sign, minus the exclamation point, as I have no desire to offend anyone, especially over a punctuation mark.
I also took my white correction ribbon to other signs I have letting people know “I’ll be back in 5 minutes.” or “Out for lunch.” All periods, no more exclamation points.
I have vowed to only use the exclamation mark in extremely urgent situations. (I may not be able to live up to that proclamation, for I had already responded to emails wherein I had used the mark.)
While periods may seem to be boring or even sad to me, I will endeavor to use those only and not risk inadvertently offending others.
I’m a cheerful person who seeks to share my good mood with others, so I’m saddened that my trusty exclamation point has been questioned and interpreted as I’m yelling.
I realize that my posts are peppered with exclamation points, and maybe offend some people.
I hope you will accept my heartfelt apology if you felt I was yelling at you.
In my defense, I thought I was joyfully sharing information with you, in an exciting kind of way.
Do you think I need to tone down my exclamation points? Should I remove them from previous posts?
That experience has gotten me questioning my existence: how else may I have been inadvertently offending people, and those around me have been too polite to let me know?
I hope you’ll drop me a line! 😉
I hope you’ll poke around my Archived Posts to find a wonderful trove of supportive and encouraging posts.
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- As we practice being gentle and kind with ourselves, we actually help to speed the process of helping our lives become more positive!
- Always believe that wonderful things can happen!
- A healthy outside starts from the inside!
- Brain Rewiring
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