I have an interesting relationship with Mrs G because of my interesting relationship with the English language. I love both but sometimes have a strange way of showing it. In terms of my affection for my native language I show this by my liberal use of punctuation.
If there is the slightest opportunity to throw in a non-alphanumeric character, I will take it. Comma, question mark? I will use it even if it is the exclamation mark!
Still, I have my favourites, and most of my writing (whether personal or professional) will include them… and I have used them all in this one sentence.
The first I use, or abuse, is the comma. This post is unusual in that the opening sentence doesn’t use this device. Normally the first line is split in two by one and they will litter the rest of my prose. I use them for pauses, for side thoughts, and as this sentence will show also in the Oxford style.
When I feel I’ve gone on a bit too far with the comma, I’ll rely on my trusted brackets. I should use these sparingly (some style guides tell me on many occasions) but I love throwing in asides. Having the brackets gives me the freedom to write as I think, and even in they are not entirely necessary (they are) my use of the opening and closed brackets reflects how my brain works.
My final punctuation quirk is the use of the ellipsis. I don’t follow the style guides here either as my usage is not to illustrate omission but to trail off my thoughts… just like this post…