As is standard for each new year, the style guidelines for writing have been updated. English is an evolving language and reflects the age and culture. Over the past few decades, English has spread across the globe and is pretty much the universal language. In order to keep you informed, we’ve created this handy guide of punctuation best practices for 2017.

Lol

i just stuck my foot into a blender lol

‘Lol’ or ‘lol’ can be used interchangeably. Lol replaces the standard period in certain declarative sentence. Previously, Lol stood for ‘laughing out loud’, but now it acts a special function period. It also overrides any other capitalization and punctuation within the sentence. Lol is typically used as punctuation at the beginning of a story, paragraph or as a conversational starter.

Lmao

HOLY SHIT you must be a complete idiot Lmao

‘Lmao’ is a new form of punctuation to be used at the end of exclamatory statements. It effectively replaces the exclamation point and denotes disbelief. Best practices recommend the use of recurring capitalization. Lmao does not replace an exclamation point in sentences such as “The sun is gorgeous!”, but instead must be utilized in reference to people and concepts.

k

k gonna grab a bite

‘k’ is a special punctuation mark to be used at the beginning of sentences. You’re allowed to end the sentence with an exclamation point or period for added emphasis, but only if used outside of a chat window. ‘k’ is used in circumstances of understanding and as a pause preceding an action. It is also used for affirmation and affection.

kid (kiddo)

yeah yeah, whatever you say kid

‘kid’ is a period replacement used in dismissive declarative sentences. Should be utilized in social media posts, but can follow a paragraph or bullet-ed list of points. kid should be used scarcely for emphasis. Overuse will cause confusion. Can be followed by a period for redundancy.

Stylistic Punctuation

Below are a few examples of stylistic punctuation which can be used in combination with any of the above.

:joy: when used as a punctuation redundancy, adds exuberant comical disbelief

HOLY SHIT you must be a complete idiot Lmao ???

 

gitgud: when used preceding new punctuation, adds emphasis to a declaration. denotes an amateur nature. can be used to replace a comma.

yeah yeah, whatever you say gitgud kid

my dude replaces a period and implies a sense of companionship, but is used in statements of potential disagreement between friends.

that’s just the way the world goes ’round my dude

5 COMMENTS

  1. English is dead, and we killed it. It ended not with a bang, but with a idiomatic lexicon of the doltish. For all we can do now is watch from afar as the masses walk with smiling faces into their own, willing, and fantastical quietus of verve and rational. The end approaches: abysmal finis of society and life itself from both common hubris and general retardation.

  2. English is dead, and we killed it. It ended not with a bang, but with an idiomatic and quasi-esoteric lexicon of the doltish. For all we can do now is watch from afar; the masses are walking with smiling faces into their own, willing, and fantastical quietus of verve and rational. The end approaches: abysmal finis of society and life itself from both common hubris and general retardation.

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