I must have been born exclaiming!

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I do exclaim quite a bit, even in real life! I think we Africans tend to like a bit of drama, with all the Ahs! Ohs! Hei! O’s, Ehh’s! Hmm’s! that dots our spoken words to emphasize the thoughts that goes with the words.

So genetically, I practice this as a true African to help you get the drift of my thoughts!

I very well can’t add all the hmm’s and hah’s to my writing or can I?

I think those punctuation marks were created for a purpose and I am not even sure that I am using enough of them!

Therefore, when I am making an expression that goes on and on and I am not sure how to do that, I use continuous spots or should I say dots! It represents a pause……., so that you can mull over that thought!

I love little bits of colours here and there ( sometimes, I think I am a magpie that is forever attracted to shiny stuff).

I love to smile too! Even on paper. 😊 Well, not on my thesis, I guess Master Prof. will not find that very impressive and will assume that it is a lame attempt at buttering up πŸ˜•

When I write, a lot of times, if I don’t have my headphones on, I say out my words as I type or write them, as though you are in here with me and I try to simulate your answer and how we would twist the topic to 7 Sundays.

My pencils do suffer anxiety attacks from not knowing which of them I will chew to bits the following day and my keyboard has suffered a nervous breakdown a time or two.

My family have grown used to the queer awesomeness of this Lady of the Manor and my husband’s roll of his eyeballs when my laughter gets raucous makes me share tidbits of juicy bits from this awesome community.

Sometimes, most times, I have to reduce my words when I am bursting with so much to say. I keep silent in my head to allow you get in a word sideways as well.

It is a shame that the banter we share has to zip through the cyberspace, bypassing some
word- nappers across all the oceans before making it safely to you and sometimes it takes forever to arrive.

No, I am not a mad-hatter, but I do have my writing and real side quirks which makes me who I am.

That’s some of my quirkiness (I hear that they grow as you get older). So let me know about yours.

Jacqueline Oby-Ikocha

In response to The Daily Post prompt By The Dots

We all have strange relationships with punctuation — do you overuse exclamation marks? Do you avoid semicolons like the plague? What type of punctuation could you never live without? Tell us all about your punctuation quirks!

58 thoughts on “I must have been born exclaiming!

  1. A friend in my writing group is always telling me I don’t punctuate enough but I tell her it’s just my writers voice.
    Or do I mean,
    A friend, in my writing group, is always telling me that I don’t punctuate enough, but I tell her that it’s just my writer’s voice!

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  2. Well even your post has a quirk , I am thinking, it says displaying (then bunch of numbers).jpg but I don’t see a picture? in a tan bar above where you begin your :I do exclaim quite a bit, “////Just thought I would let lyou know! I have a quirky computer, a quirky brain, and my hands are on strike but to answer the question….I don’t have a lot of patience and sometimes posted before reading it aloud oopsie πŸ˜€ Do enjoy seeing your posts they motivated me to keep going at it here

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  3. My son dubbed me a magpie because of my penchant for sparkle and bling. I also, have thoughts too big for my mouth so I write but many of the things I ruminate over never make it to the keyboard either, they are like a fast rolling river. I’m only able to capture and share a few. When I edit, I always remove a few !!!! but I’m wondering what it would be like to free my inner magpie? :0) You are a treasure Jacqueline!!!!! Never surrender those characteristics that make you unique.

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  4. And we cockneys have the wonderful gift of applying two negatives, which generally would make a positive, but if you were born in the East End of London, it doesn’t apply. So – we ain’t got nuffing – which in english tranlated would obviously be “we havn’t got nothing” which in the Queen’s english should, of course be, “we havn’t got anything”. Isn’t english complicated and especially if you are a cockney. One of the reasons I only speak cockney to other cockneys.

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  5. If I go back through my writing, and my responses to friends’ FB posts, I see lots of exclamation points and dots! I’ve tried to slow it down after one friend said she felt I was yelling at her all the time. Hah!

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  6. I like that……It makes you who you are……..I like using the dots in-between, like this……..it separates my thoughts and hopefully gives the person reading a pause for contemplation. Or maybe…….I just like it. πŸ™‚ It is me, my brand in life. Hugs

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  7. It’s nice to know more about you.

    Lol, I exclaim a lot too, my spoken words are coloured with lots of “Ahs! Ohs and Eh-hens”. I’ve even started writing with Ohs! and Ahs!, for how else will I express the emphasis of my emotions on paper?

    I recently saw a joke about the various meanings of ‘”Eh-hen!” in Nigerian conversations:

    1. Eh-en: I am shocked

    2. Eh-en: I told you so

    3. Eh-en: And so what?!

    4. Eh-en: Finally! ( as in Eureka!)

    5. Eh-en: Can I help you?

    6. Eh-en: Please continue

    7. Eh-eh: As I was saying

    8. Eh-en: Really?

    9. Eh-hen: Is it true?

    10. Eh-hen: See yourself?

    11. Eh-hen: No wonder

    Enjoy the rest of the day! πŸ˜€

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  8. It’s nice to know more about you.

    Lol, I exclaim a lot too, my spoken words are coloured with lots of β€œAhs! Ohs and Eh-hens”. I’ve even started writing with Ohs! and Ahs!, for how else will I express the emphasis of my emotions on paper?

    I recently saw a joke about the various meanings of β€˜β€Eh-hen!” in Nigerian conversations:

    1. Eh-hen: I am shocked

    2. Eh-hen: I told you so

    3. Eh-hen: And so what?!

    4. Eh-hen: Finally! ( as in Eureka!)

    5. Eh-hen: Can I help you?

    6. Eh-hen: Please continue

    7. Eh-hen: As I was saying

    8. Eh-hen: Really?

    9. Eh-hen: Is it true?

    10. Eh-hen: See yourself?

    11. Eh-hen: No wonder

    Enjoy the rest of the day! πŸ˜€

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