… Ellipsis

Posted by on July 18, 2011

Ellipsis, not to be confused with ellipse…which is what I’ve always called it.

What is the use of these three little dots. I admit to using them willy-nilly, and without my thought, letting them walk through my writing like a trios of ants separated from the colony. One day I asked myself, what is the proper use of this punctuation.

The formal definition of it is, a series of marks that usually indicate an intentional omission of a word(or the longer content) in the original text.

An ellipsis can also be used to indicate a pause in speech, an unfinished thought, or, at the end of a sentence, a trailing off into silence (aposiopesis). When placed at the end of a sentence, the ellipsis can also inspire a feeling of melancholy longing. The ellipsis calls for a slight pause in speech.

The triple-dot punctuation mark is also called a suspension point, points of ellipsis, periods of ellipsis, or colloquially, dot-dot-dot. But never ellipse (as I call it).

I’d be using it right all along ;-) , I think…

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