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! ! ! !!!
posted by fearfulsymmetry (38 comments total)

 

posted by Joey Michaels at 2:02 AM on April 29, 2009


I will always prefer Out Hud to !!! who are kind of hit-and-miss.
posted by palidor at 2:03 AM on April 29, 2009


I ❤ ?
posted by twoleftfeet at 2:04 AM on April 29, 2009


!!!11!
posted by MinPin at 2:11 AM on April 29, 2009


There should only ever be one.
!
I've been to Saint-Louis-du-Ha! Ha! It was July and it snowed!
posted by From Bklyn at 2:17 AM on April 29, 2009


I'm going to be saying Saint-Louis-du-Ha! Ha! occasionally, both out loud and in my head, for the rest of my life.
posted by Edwahd at 2:23 AM on April 29, 2009










posted by ryanrs at 2:23 AM on April 29, 2009


Considering how people talk nowadays? Shouldn't they be ending all of their sentences with question marks? It would sound more natural?
posted by stavrogin at 2:58 AM on April 29, 2009 [1 favorite]


#!/usr/bin/env python

import exclamation as excl
from metafilter_snarking import mksuggestion

excuse = raw_input("""Why did you think this would be a good post? /
   Do you really love Seinfeld, or are you just a drunken !!! fan?: """)

reply = excl.emphasize(excuse + " is a stupid reason.")
return reply

while post == (punctuation_marks.symmetrical() + links.random(type="weak")):
   mksuggestion(your_username.replace("fearful", "lame"))

posted by koeselitz at 3:05 AM on April 29, 2009 [4 favorites]


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posted by goodnewsfortheinsane at 3:06 AM on April 29, 2009 [1 favorite]


whoops, sorry, slipped into python there; I keep doing that in ordinary conversation. ah well, you get what I'm driving at
posted by koeselitz at 3:12 AM on April 29, 2009 [1 favorite]


OMGPONIES.
posted by BrotherCaine at 3:15 AM on April 29, 2009


whoops, sorry, slipped into python there; I keep doing that in ordinary conversation.

You're like half the dudes I hang out with in the 10th grade. And I admit it's addicting. It starts with Knights Who Say Ni but leads to shellscript. You really have to be careful.
posted by Marisa Stole the Precious Thing at 3:28 AM on April 29, 2009 [9 favorites]


!!! is going to be at ACL Fest. Who is psyched? This guy.
posted by Plutor at 4:03 AM on April 29, 2009


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posted by Spatch at 5:13 AM on April 29, 2009


Excessive exclamation points are a symptom of swine flu!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
posted by orme at 5:32 AM on April 29, 2009 [1 favorite]


Why are none of these mystery links going to youtube videos of dogs peeing? If you will allow me to suggest a slight modification to your initial post:

! ! ! !!!
posted by Meatbomb at 5:45 AM on April 29, 2009


Marisa Stole the Precious Thing: You're like half the dudes I hang out with in the 10th grade. And I admit it's addicting. It starts with Knights Who Say Ni but leads to shellscript. You really have to be careful.

You hang out with dudes in the 10th grade?
posted by koeselitz at 6:29 AM on April 29, 2009 [4 favorites]


whoops, sorry, slipped into python there; I keep doing that in ordinary conversation.

I think you need 1) shoes with more grip and 2) a python cage that actually contains your pythons. I doubt the rest of us are as skilled as escaping from pythons as you are now.
posted by filthy light thief at 6:34 AM on April 29, 2009


As for the topic: Penny Arcade likes proper punctuation and grammar. Remember: with exclamation points, it's one or none!
posted by filthy light thief at 7:01 AM on April 29, 2009


Gasp! Choke! Good Lord!
posted by Fuzzy Monster at 7:35 AM on April 29, 2009


filthy light thief: I doubt the rest of us are as skilled at escaping from pythons as you are now.

True, but before I form my super-secret team that will pull international jewel heists where the treasures are guarded by pits of giant pythons, I need to find someone who might be skilled at purloining the excessively dirty lamps that always seem to be surrounding these very strange jewel vaults. Do you know where I might encounter such a person?
posted by koeselitz at 7:54 AM on April 29, 2009


I can help you out, Koeselitz. Just don't "encounter" me. I prefer e-mail, or a straight favor request.
posted by Lipstick Thespian at 8:11 AM on April 29, 2009


Remember: with exclamation points, it's one or none!

Unless you're annotating a chess game, where you may use up to two for a move.
posted by DevilsAdvocate at 8:53 AM on April 29, 2009


PUNC-tuation! Punc, punc, punc, PUNC-tuation!
They are the little marks that use their influence
To help a sentence make more sense.

The TV is on fire!

PUNC-tuation! Punc, punc, punc, PUNC-tuation!
They are the little marks that use their influence
To help a sentence make more sense.
posted by DevilsAdvocate at 9:00 AM on April 29, 2009 [1 favorite]


Heh... I was about to post the Stuart Jeffries article. That'll teach me to look at the front page before preparing a post. Oh, and by the way, the paper he mentioned, Gender and the Use of Exclamation Points in Computer-Mediated Communication by Carol Waseleski, is just as fascinating as he says it is.
posted by Kattullus at 9:22 AM on April 29, 2009


I read the post as "bang... bang... bang... bangbangbang" and naturally figured it was about rapid precision shooting.

And now I want take a video clip from a gunfight in something like Shoot 'Em Up and remove all the gunfire sounds but replace them with an exclamation mark above the firearm.

Machine guns would be awesome: !!!!!!!!! [reloads] !!!!!! !!! !!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!

posted by quin at 9:23 AM on April 29, 2009


WTF!!!! How can you tell I'm 13 by what I'm writing??!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
posted by yoHighness at 9:37 AM on April 29, 2009


meh!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
posted by gorgor_balabala at 9:56 AM on April 29, 2009


You hang out with dudes in the 10th grade?

That should read "hung out with", clever trousers. Although the median age of one gaming forum I frequent is somewhere in the mid-teens. I try not to think about it.
posted by Marisa Stole the Precious Thing at 10:09 AM on April 29, 2009


This bores me to the 25!th power.
posted by msalt at 10:22 AM on April 29, 2009


Beethoven 5th?
posted by haikuku at 12:03 PM on April 29, 2009


I'm surprised I've never heard of !!!, given the small inscestuous nature of our common hometown. Maybe I just thought it was excessive punctuation and nobody wants to mispronounce it?
posted by Ogre Lawless at 12:40 PM on April 29, 2009


I went to see Out Hud & !!! six years ago or so with some friends who were really into them. I had sort of liked the Out Hud album, but live, they were horrendous. The crowd was initally sparse and low-key, but as they changed over into !!!, the ranks on the floor swelled quickly, and my friends abandoned the floor for the balcony. Without any real transition, merely by staying in one place, I found myself semi-locked into a swarming, tightly packed dancefloor full of preening hipsters, a few feet from the stage. Now it's not that I refuse to dance at shows, but I certainly refuse to dance to crappy music, and despite the fact that I was arguably the only person in the place not attempting to draw attention to themselves, the !!! guy went into some between-songs rant about people who don't dance, and threw an empty water bottle from the stage that hit me in the chest. So it's not just for their inane, vapid, soul-sucking music that I wish them nothing good, ever.

The worst part is I missed The Clean opening for Yo La Tengo that same night. I'll regret that 'til I die.
posted by anazgnos at 3:37 PM on April 29, 2009


the !!! guy went into some between-songs rant about people who don't dance

Gawd, I hate when musicians whose performance cannot inspire people to dance decide to go with "chastise non-dancers for not feeling my brilliance". Almost as much as I hate gimmicky multiple-lead-singer bands.
posted by Marisa Stole the Precious Thing at 3:44 PM on April 29, 2009


Marisa Stole the Precious Thing: I hate gimmicky multiple-lead-singer bands

You mean, like... The Beatles?
posted by Kattullus at 4:30 PM on April 29, 2009


No, I don't mean cases where there is more than one person singing; I mean when there are multiple people who just sing (Lennon and McCartney played instruments as well) without really harmonizing or adding any depth to the music. I know it's irrational and I honestly don't know why it bugs me.

Bands spewing scorn at people for not dancing, though, that's just dumb. If you want people to dance to your music, play music that makes them want to dance. Public shamings are the cheap way to go.
posted by Marisa Stole the Precious Thing at 4:37 PM on April 29, 2009


Any discussion of punctuation is incomplete without Victor Borge.

FFFSSH PPT

posted by tybeet at 7:02 AM on April 30, 2009 [1 favorite]


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