Some friends and I were out to dinner over this past weekend, and one of them brought up an interesting (if not slightly nerdy) question: if you were a punctuation mark, what would you be?
We talked about it at length, trying first to name all the obvious ones, then delving into the sometimes forgotten symbols.
I’m looking at you, underscore. (It’s also easier now that I have the keyboard in front of me.)
There are a few that we could knock out, right off the bat. For instance, none of us claims to be an exclamation point or a question mark. And a period just seems so boring.
And then it came down to what we were actually saying with our decision. Does the punctuation mark you choose show your public personality? Your inner self? What you want to be, but haven’t quite achieved yet? Yeah, we took it that far.
In the end, Foodie decided that she’d be parentheses, and BNB couldn’t quite make up her mind. “Well, then that makes her a question mark,” another friend said. She disagreed, but still hasn’t decided. The last time I checked, she was toying with the idea of the tilde.
(Update: After talking to BNB this morning she clarified: I think I’ve decided I’m a forward slash (/). Meaning I’m often debating between 2 things, feeling 2 things, wanting a hybrid of both.)
As for me, I opted for the ellipses. I feel that they can indicate either more to come or things left unsaid – sometimes both at once, and two things I’m often guilty of in conversation. I trail off a lot…
Who knew punctuation could be so insightful?
And after asking other friends and co-workers, I’m even more curious – if you were a punctuation mark, what would you be? And why?