Text communication between different generations can be fraught with difficulties – and it’s not just the words used, but the punctuation as well. Photo; Shutterstock Text communication between different generations can be fraught with difficulties – and it’s not just the words used, but the punctuation as well. Photo; Shutterstock
Text communication between different generations can be fraught with difficulties – and it’s not just the words used, but the punctuation as well. Photo; Shutterstock

Three punctuation tips to write better text messages and not confuse different generations

  • Ellipses, periods (full stops) and exclamation marks can be interpreted in different ways depending on a person’s age
  • The exclamation point has been a point of contention amid Covid-19 as it can come across as ‘heartlessly chipper’, linguist Gretchen McCulloch says

Topic |   Smartphones
Text communication between different generations can be fraught with difficulties – and it’s not just the words used, but the punctuation as well. Photo; Shutterstock Text communication between different generations can be fraught with difficulties – and it’s not just the words used, but the punctuation as well. Photo; Shutterstock
Text communication between different generations can be fraught with difficulties – and it’s not just the words used, but the punctuation as well. Photo; Shutterstock
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