The Punctuation Problem


We didn’t know there was one until Slate‘s Matthew Malady pointed out the limitations of English punctuation.

Look, I’m the last one to encourage the excessive use of exclamation points. But if we are going to use them—and they do come in handy from time to time—we should at least do so in a way that makes good sense.

He suggests that, like mole, paella, and dancing the merengue, Spanish speakers have it figured out. ¿What do you think?

Dawn Pier is a developmental editor who blogs at the Rumpus, the travelogue, and Dawn Revealed, a personal blog about her adventures surfing and living in Baja. She is working on a memoir about moving to Mexico to learn to surf and save a coral reef. More from this author →