An Admirable Point: A Brief History of the Exclamation Mark!Florence Hazrat
An Admirable Point recuperates the exclamation mark from its much maligned place at the bottom of the punctuation hierarchy. It explores how ! came about in the first place some six hundred years ago, and uncovers the many ways in which ! has left its mark on art, literature, (pop) culture, and just about any sphere of human activity - from Beowulf to spam emails, ee cummings to neuroscience.
Whether you think it's over-used, or enthusiastically sprinkle your writing with it, ! is inescapable.