Bangers Are for Eating, Not Writing
In the age of Facebook, Twitter, and online journals (blogs), people are writing more than ever. There is a difference, however, between the casual writing of Facebook, and the correct form we should use when sharing our family history. This is very evident in the way emphasis is being showed incorrectly.
I will not say that all caps should never be used. There are times when it is appropriate and useful, but only if used minimally. This means only a single word, occasionally two, and try to keep it to a short word. That will make your emphasis more clear. And make sure that the emphasis is properly placed. I will NOT say that all caps should never be used. I will not say that all caps should NEVER be used. Unlike the first sentence, which is very harsh and difficult to read, in both of the other instances, the emphasis reads more clearly, does it not?
Another way to create emphasis is with italics. While italics can be more difficult to read, new computer screens, such as Apple’s Retina Glass, convey it much better. It is very good in print form. And remember, even if you put something on a website, some people will end up printing it out. Once again, keep the italics to a minimum. Even in print, long stretches of italic type are difficult to read. Isn’t it easier on your eye to see: Even in print, long stretches of italic type are difficult to read.
Another grammatical offense I see frequently is the use of bangers. Bangers are exclamation points. Multiple exclamation points are never acceptable. A single exclamation point is the way to go. Also, the use of “interobangers” is just not acceptable. Interobangers are question marks and exclamation points used in conjunction with each other to emphasize a question. Does this really bring more emphasis to your words?!?! I don’t REALLY think so, do you?
Try to use your words to draw more vivid pictures that bring emphasis without resorting to typesetting tricks. This is a much better use of your words. It will also make it much easier for the reader to understand what you are conveying. Remember, if you emphasize everything, you emphasize nothing. Think of it in terms of music. When a song is mostly mezzo-forte (medium loud), you notice the parts that are pianissimo (very soft) and double forte (very loud) stick out more.