ellipses are not used to designate a pause in writing

High Seas
Reply Mon 16 Nov, 2009 04:29 pm
Francis - please don't add little devil cartoons in your posts to me, I can retaliate with the French version (Sadi Carnot) of Maxwell's Demon, with or without pitchforks! And besides, you know that comment was just my latest attempt to keep JTT from further tiresomely wrong postings:
Reply Mon 16 Nov, 2009 04:35 pm
To relieve the pressure, I'll not add devilish emoticons anymore, even though I think they just fit well with the pitchfork..
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Reply Fri 19 Feb, 2010 10:53 am
The ellipses could be considered a single character. It looks like three periods, bit it is a single "character," just the same as a period, space, or carriage return. On that note, the "fourth" dot is a period, not another ellipses.
Region Philbis
Reply Fri 19 Feb, 2010 10:59 am

yes, outlook 2007 treats it as a single character, but you still have to hit the key 3x to type it...
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Reply Fri 19 Feb, 2010 12:17 pm
@High Seas,
And besides, you know that comment was just my latest attempt to keep JTT from further tiresomely wrong postings:

I have pointed out numerous postings of yours wherein you either lied or were stunningly wrong in your assertions.

You get yourself caught up in lie after lie, High Seas, and you don't have brains enough to stop.
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Reply Tue 23 Feb, 2010 01:20 pm
Creative writing in general makes use of a lot of nonstandard English. Emdashes are (or were) considered very informal and yet you see them used excessively as early as Poe and probably before. The ellipse is a similar case, and to whoever said that it became a "pause" from e-mail doesn't seem properly informed. It has been used as a way of "trailing off" for a long time, the implication arising from its original meaning of omitted words. Anyone who's seen Star Wars has seen that (and long before email was around.) It is, like everything in English, subject to poetic license. Omitting words that never were, leaving thoughts unfinished, and effectively pausing.

I personally avoid them when I can to make them resonate more when I do use them. If every third thought is left with an ellipse, readers would just become bogged down and the writing would probably sound melodramatic and gimmicky.

If your concern is for using them in a formal context, then your concern is a real one, because most publishers (or professionals receiving your business letter, perhaps) will be turned off for obvious reasons. You wouldn't write professional haikus (although to be honest, I encourage you to try and post results.)
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Reply Wed 24 Feb, 2010 03:52 am

Do you need me to come on here and bang a few heads together?

I like High Seas
I like JTT, despite his tiresome habit of disagreeing with me...
I like Francis too

What a wealth of knowledge, experience, wit and sagacity is there.

So can't we all just get along? I think we can.
Reply Wed 24 Feb, 2010 12:58 pm
It would never ever have been a problem, McTag, had High Seas not frequented these pages with her stunning and transparent lies.

There's even a slight possibility that there's something about the woman to like but do you like her lies?
Reply Tue 2 Mar, 2010 02:34 am

I'm not sure I should reply to that, or how I should reply if I do. Am.

I've not followed the history of the argument, but I do not believe HS is capable of lying, as you put it (except ironically, or in jest) so I must reluctantly disagree.

I think we can disagree without rancour. I hope we can.

I hope all right-thinking people (you know who you are) come on this forum for pleasure, principally. Long may it be so.
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