I’ve been enjoying a love affair with the humble ellipsis for many years now. It’s a relationship that shows no signs of waning, and in fact it seems to grow stronger by the day. I use ellipses as often as I can and under as many writing circumstances as possible. Apart from generally being a bit mad for all things ‘dotty’, I think what I like most of all about ellipses is the possibilities they present …
Recently I’ve started spending time with another kind of punctuation – delightful parentheses – because they’re rather lovely too. I like how they provide a protective bubble for the words contained within, and how they have the ability to act like a sneaky aside to the reader. Actually I even like the way the word sounds (par-en-thes-is) … it rolls off the tongue pleasingly.
Speaking of sentence-related things that I like, I’m also quite fond of ampersands. While I never could master the overlapping curves of hand-written ampersands as a child (and even now I would probably struggle), I certainly recognise them as a thing of beauty. Ampersands make a deliciously bold statement in a sentence, catching the eye to a pairing of words in a very particular way.
Sure, the selection and placement of words brings an immense amount of satisfaction, but certain kinds of punctuation can bring an extra kind of joy.
… Here’s hoping I’m not the only one who goes weak at the knees for certain punctuation? (any positive reassurance is most welcome).