New exclamation mark rules – proof that The Man wants to penalise enthusiasm!

Mar 7, 2016 by

New guidelines from the Department for Education suggest that primary school children should only use ‘!’ in sentences starting with ‘what’ or ‘how’. How strange!

Name: !

Pronunciation: “Exclamation mark” or, if you’re a fan of Californian dance-punk bands, “Chk”.

Appearance: Overused, apparently!

OK, calm down. You calm down! I’m perfectly calm! This is just how I happen to talk!

You don’t seem particularly calm. Well, fine! If you must ask, I’m a bit put out by a new government directive regarding punctuation at primary-school level!

Why, what has happened? New guidance for key stage 1 and 2 national curriculum tests has stated that pupils should only get credit if they use exclamation marks in sentences that begin with the words “What” or “How”!

 

Source: New exclamation mark rules – proof that The Man wants to penalise enthusiasm! | Education | The Guardian

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