Unnecessary Ellipsis…

I know I have mentioned here before how much blogs that automatically play music irritate me.

I know what you are thinking. You are thinking, well just stop reading those blogs, you moron.

You weren’t thinking that? You are way nicer than I am. Plus, I can’t stop reading them. Part of my job involves reading blogs.

Since we have already covered that I would like to share with you another of my blog pet peeves – unnecessary ellipsis in blog post titles.ellipsis_ellipses

Let’s say you have a blog title. Let’s say you are calling your post This is a Blog Post Title.

There is no reason to type This is a Blog Post Title…

or for that matter

This is a Blog Post Title!!!

Neither are necessary, appropriate or reasonable.

I am not the punctuation police. I use commas where they are not needed all of the time. This ellipsis crap is out of control.

Let’s all check ourselves before we wreck ourselves.

I think it is fair to assume that if you are titling something that it will be continued in the body of the post. You don’t need to have it there so we keep reading.

Wow. I feel much better now. Thanks!

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  1. Happy Mother’s Day, grumpy Sarah. You forgot blogs that have pink backgrounds and blogs that are rarely updated. Argh.

  2. Whoops. I think I’m guilty of unnecessary ellipses in blog titles!

  3. Is it weird that now am I thinking what the plural form of ‘ellipsis’ is? Is it ellipsises.. or ellipsi? Ellipsis’s? My spell-check says the last one is right.

    Happy Mother’s Day, though…!!!

  4. Hey now!

    I resemble that remark about the …s

    They’re just so cute and well, commas just don’t seem to get the job done; nor do semi-colons.

  5. Fully…entirely….addicted…to ellipses. Em dashes? Even more so.

    However, I DO frequently begin the first line of the body of the titularly teased with ellipsis post with the reciprocal preceding ellipsis, and lower case.

    Suppose the feigned suspense is superficial? As is my adoration of alliteration—and passion for parentheses

    Bwahahahaha! Please forgive me, Sweet Goon Squad Mama. All high on the Mother’s (shouldn’t it be Mothers’—celebrating multiple mothers?) Day love offered–and rescinded following a time-out.

  6. PS – To respond to Kate, isn’t the plural of ellipsis ellipses? As if you accidentally use a single parenthesis rather than parentheses?

  7. I have an unhealthy addiction to semi-colons. They are my abused punctuation of choice.

    They allow me to totally change direction in the middle of a sentence. It’s not a good thing.

  8. Since we’re putting it all out there on the table, I must confess that I hate the word, “Squee”. “Squee” is not a word nor is it a sound I would ever make in my entire life.

    Phew! I feel much better now.

  9. Aprylsantics says:

    I’m so tempted to use these…I am a cage rattler from way back.

  10. I do the … from time to time. But what drives me batshit crazy is a friend of mine on Facebook uses them ALL the damn time. All his status updates use them like “Douchebag …is having a great day…” All the instant messages have them at the end of whatever he is saying, same goes for his text messages. Dude is super well educated and I kind of want to punch him in the face for it……………………….

  11. I totally do that and it is awesome.

  12. I think I am guilty of using the ellipsis but I try to use it the right way. I think.

  13. I think I do this.

  14. Wait – those of us who really do trail off in our thoughts all the time can keep using them, though, right? Right?

    Because I’m well known for losing my place mid-thought…

  15. Me: Why do you hate the ellipsis, Magua?

    Sarah: When the ellipsis is dead, Magua will eat his heart. Before he dies, Magua will put his children under the knife, so the ellipsis will know his seed is wiped out forever.

  16. I think I’ve done this once or twice, but I don’t normally use ellipsis in my title.

    My posts however…

    Sorry.

  17. My Response To The Ellipses Post…

    Couldn’t agree more.

  18. I can never use ellipses because of a former colleague’s assertion that ellipses are a sign of a poor writer. Sadly, I agree with that statement.

  19. I read this post and couldn’t help but start singing, “The jig is up, the news is out, you finally found me!”

  20. Uh-oh. I have quite the perverted love affair with the ellipsis.

  21. In my defense, I grew up on Herb Caen, legendary columnist for The San Francisco Chronicle, who is said to be the inventor of 3-dot journalism.

  22. i use these all the time. so i assume you’re talking to me. i can’t help it! it’s a pause before a thought. geez. i almost did it there twice…but i stopped myself. couldn’t help that third time.

    “i can never use ellipses because of a former colleague’s assertion that ellipses are a sign of a poor writer. Sadly, I agree with that statement.”

    darnit!

    two busy’s comment was funny.

  23. Here is the correct usage in a blog post title:
    http://ashleygailey.typepad.com/is_this_thing_on/2009/05/in-the-words-of-the-eloquent-randy-jackson.html

    See? THAT is how you do it right.

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