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  • Elisandra
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    Just to be vaguely pedantic (and soon to be corrected, I'm sure), an ellipsis, three periods, is normally used to show the removal of intervening text in a quote.

    That be said, they have come to be commonly accepted as a method of showing a pause in a quote-delimited sentence of dialogue, just as mis-spellings and apostrophes are allowed to show dialect or regional accents.

    And when used as a pause in a sentence, three of them are used for an interuption or pause in the middle of a sentence, and four (an ellipsis plus a period) for a pause at the end.

    That being said, I'll finish by saying: Elisandra smiles suggestively, "Wouldn't you be more...comfortable, with less clothing...."

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  • Viceran
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    I don't think I can type without my dots!

    I thought they were a nice 'pause', to show a slight pause in speech, and yes... Viceran can not live without them.

    *raises hand* My name is Darby, and I'm an ellipsis' abuser. Oh, and if you don't like my dot dot dot then bugger off.



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  • Dolph
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    Now *shoots Age*

    You walked right into that

    j/k

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  • Ageelia
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    More often you see something resembling:

    OMG!......LOL ROFL!!!1111...... STFU!!!111

    Shoot them all.

    When's open season for hunting morons?

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  • Lance
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    Ah, judiciously used, more than three can be can expressive. Then again, you rarely see 'judicious use'.

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  • Dolph
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    Originally posted by Humphrey
    In the Xanth series ellipsis' are used when having sex to send a message to Storks to bring a baby. *nods*

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  • Carrie!
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    Mmmm, dots. Especially those ice cream dots.

    I agree with Reiyua though. More than three dots turn out ridiculous, unless you're expressing your speechlessless like Greg does a lot.

    .............

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  • Lyds
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    Mmmm, ellipsis.

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  • Reiyua
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    I always thought an elipsis was only three of those magical little dots. Not eight and not eightteen. Three ie. . . .
    Anything considerably longer is just stupid. Three gets the point across just fine, this on the other hand: ".................." is generally just ridiculous.
    Ah well, c'est la vie and all that rot
    Last edited by Reiyua; 03-18-2003, 05:47 PM.

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  • Humphrey
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    In the Xanth series ellipsis' are used when having sex to send a message to Storks to bring a baby. *nods*

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  • Stix
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    I played a game where a guildmember and I used to only use ellipsis points to express our disappointment in things.

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  • ^Jessifur^
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    Have ... you ever noticed how empowering ... and lucrative ... an ellipsis can be ...?

    Even when used at the ... wrong times, used more than actual, complete ... sentences, or elongated to ................................... excessive lengths, the ellipsis can be so ... versatile.

    It destroys ... the walls separating the nobodies ... from the elite ... and even makes it look like ... they have something ... to say that's also worth ........... reading ...
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