When you’re reading these, are you hearing the difference? How would you react to these one-word sentences if your friend sent them in a text message?
How you use punctuation can change the whole meaning of a text. A quick “thank you” message can go from friendly to passive-aggressive or anxiety-inducing, simply by changing the exclamation point to a period.
Exclamation points sound more polite! Ending a text message with a period might be the grammatically correct way to do it, but it can come across as rude.
“And if you say things with that tone, that sounds a little bit sarcastic, it sounds a little bit final,” McCulloch said. “And sometimes that gets interpreted as, ‘maybe this person’s mad at me, maybe this person isn’t sincere…’”
It’s an understatement to say that the last year has been challenging for teachers. We’ve asked them to learn entirely new methods for teaching in online and hybrid environments. We’ve asked them to address the trauma and stress students are experiencing as we navigate the pandemic and we’ve asked them to do all this while navigating their stresses, both professional and personal.