Have you ever wondered what kind of punctuation mark you would be? Me neither. But someone has, and they’ve spent some time and creativity dreaming it up! Now’s your chance to discover if you fit in with the stodgy Period, the excitable Exclamation Point or the scatterbrained Parentheses. I’ve picked a few of my favourites! Check out the links for the full lists!
Period (.): Type A personality. You are decisive and clear. You have no difficulty with setting limits. Often a stodgy person that no one else thinks is any fun to hang out with. You tend to be good with technology and have the latest gadgets.
Comma (,): The peacemaker. You like to help others, and you get along with everyone. You like to make sure people understand each other. You like clarity as much as the Period type, but, unlike him, you don’t subscribe to the “less is more” theory. You believe more information is better than not enough. For this reason you sometimes confuse others and can become tiresome. But, in general, you’re fun, or at least tolerable, to be around. If not, you can make people think you are.
Exclamation point (!): You are excitable and anxious. You don’t self-censor well and think that your opinion always matters. You use italics a lot in written communication. You get nervous easily and are often too loud. You’re either an overly-affectionate or a mean drunk. You’re fun at parties.
Semi-colon (;): You’re well-read and urbane. You knew where this was on the keyboard before it became part of the winky emoticon. You’re more easy-going than Colon or Period types, but you’re still put together and usually organized. People are comfortable around you and tend to like you, though they may not be able to say exactly why.
Hyphen (-): You like having fun. You are often creative and are very social. You like throwing parties, though you may call on your Colon type friends to organize them. You’re more likely to be impulsive and throw unlikely things together. No one would be surprised that your decor is shabby-modern or artsy-classic.
Parentheses ( () ): You’re scatterbrained. You throw things together at the last minute. You’re often hopping back and forth between different tasks and think you’re multi-tasking. You tend to bore people with your stories because you think every detail is important and you repeat yourself. You are often sarcastic but are good at making other people laugh, often at someone’s expense. (Including your own.)
Ellipses (…): An indecisive and flighty person. You lose your train of thought easily. You are a follower and like to let other people take the risks. You often misplace your keys or spend ten minutes looking for the glasses you’re already wearing.
Quotation Mark (“): You aren’t very original. You tweet famous quotes a lot. You are nosy and like to gossip; mostly because you don’t have anything of substance to add of your own. People like to hang out with you for a coffee break but don’t really consider you a friend.
Brackets ([ ]): You are snobbish and self-important. You are likely to use these to add “[sic]” to other people’s comments. You have no friends and probably have a “kick me” post-it on your back right now.
The Em-Dash. Em-dash is complicated, and she’s not about to let you forget it. It takes three keys to create her, after all. She lives on the blood of baby hyphens, and one time, in a bar, while very drunk, she stole En-Dash’s purse and took it home with her. When En-Dash called the next day to ask if she’d mistaken the purse for her own (En-Dash doesn’t get out much, but she knows things), Em-Dash denied everything. She loves long walks across bridges, pork soup dumplings, the sunset, and standing in lines. Actually, she hates standing in lines, but since she is her own line, she never has to. She is something of an attention-grabber, and can be a bit touchy-feely, but she only means to help people connect. She’s a lover—not a fighter.
The Period. The period is the good-on-paper guy or girl (he/she is unisex, really). You’ll never really fall in love, but you’ll appreciate and respect the Period deeply. And you do, at the end of the day, realize in your heart of hearts that you need him or her. Inevitably, however, you’ll cheat on the Period with the Ampersand, Semi-Colon, or possibly the Interrobang. The Period keeps an impeccably clean house and can be relied upon to come and visit you in the hospital. He/she always forgives. Full-stop.
The Comma. The Semi-Colon’s jealous and slightly less beautiful sister, the Comma, was the one who had to clean the room they shared, cover for her sister when she snuck out at night despite being grounded, and drive the both of them to school so that Semi could take a nap on the way. The Comma is bitter, but that’s not going to keep her from showing up to work every day; she’s practical, too. She loves dogs and makes really good brownies, with nuts in them.
The Ampersand. The Ampersand is an artist and dancer and amateur calligrapher who always smells of fragrant lilacs. She serves cupcakes when you come and visit for tea, and they are decorated perfectly in a pastel frosting that’s neither too sweet nor too tart. Her favorite color is lemon yellow, and she shops at Anthropologie, where she picked up a symbol of herself that’s displayed prominently in her apartment, even if she knows that’s a bit narcissistic. Is being proud of oneself so wrong? & no, she says it’s not.
The Interrobang. Generally tripping in some form or another, the Interrobang is relatively new to this world and thus highly experimental. He’s always down for muddy outdoor concerts and to see the foreign art films your other friends refuse to go to. Dabbles in nudity; usually has weed. Wanna party?!
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