The seven-dot ellipsis

Most people don’t understand that the ellipsis is in itself a symbol of punctuation. It consists of three dots in succession, and Microsoft kindly converts it into a single character when you type that third full-stop.

I’ve sat through countless presentations today. Many attempted to use the ellipsis (usually at the end of a pensive slide title), but all failed grammatically in using it correctly, opting for more than three dots, perhaps to elicit additional anticipation from its audience. The most common number was seven, which is particularly irksome as it’s not divisible by three, resulting in Microsoft converting it to two ellipses and a full-stop, with inconsistent spacing throughout. Grammar heathens.

So now you know.

Posted by Dan, 1 November, 2006 under Grammar


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