Why People Hate Ellipses

7 thoughts on “Why People Hate Ellipses”

  1. Well, sometimes faltering or fragmented speech accompanied by confusion, insecurity, distress, or uncertainty is exactly what characters show. If it fits I use it. If someone is cut off, though, I definitely use a dash. Oh, and I only use it in dialogue… I think. 😀

    (No one has shouted at me yet, so I must be doing okay). 😛


    1. So true. They can be very useful in those situations! I use dashes for cut-off dialogue, too. I’m glad no one has shouted at you yet! 😀 Thanks for reading!

  2. You really hit the nail on the head with this one. I communicate in IM a lot (skype, text, forum posts), and I pause for every ellipsis I read. This moderate pause makes reading messages with common ellipses take much longer than is necessary, and I find myself thinking at the writer “Come on—out with it!” I don’t consider myself a grammar nazi (though I put effort into maintaining my writing style as both grammatically correct and syntactically precise), and the use of ellipses to me seems more like a waste of my time than a grievance or annoyance.

    Thanks for the article, it was a pleasant read 🙂

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