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exclamation point

An exclamation point or exclamation mark ( ! ) is a punctuation mark commonly used to express strong, intense emotions in declarations. It can also be used to add emphasis to interjections and commands.
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[Lat.,=point], the use of special signs in writing to clarify how words are used; the term also refers to the signs themselves. In every language, besides the sounds of the words that are strung together there are other features, such as tone, accent, and pauses,
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Palmer's is the use of exclamation points and empty intensifiers.
The exclamation point was needed, according to the company, because other companies in other industries had already trademarked the name without the exclamation point.
One is to search for a specific character common to the link's formula, such as a bracket or an exclamation point.
Today, on its 10th birthday, Anglicans Online (minus the exclamation point) is the largest, most thorough and comprehensive online resource for Anglicans worldwide.
To obtain the CPA logo and tagline in EPS high resolution Adobe Illustrator and JPEG formats, along with FAQs and regulations for reproduction, access the CPA Marketing Tool Kit at www.aicpa.org/cpamarketing/homepage.htm (username = cpamarketing; password = toolkit1!; use an exclamation point after the number 1).
Tom Hauge, chief of the DNR's wildlife division, says "If anything, [this new research] puts an exclamation point on the need to reduce the number of deer in the CWD-infected areas, so less infective agent will be deposited on the landscape."
Gopnik is only too self-aware of his own situation: "Paris for Americans is no longer an exclamation point at the end of the world but a question mark at the fringe of our Empire, and if exclamation points provoke poetry, cultural interrogation produces comedy." Rather than joyous escape, in Gopnik's Paris we find didactic lessons.
In other words, we might pick one or two of the exercises described here and perform a couple of hard sets to put an exclamation point on the workout.
First, the vehement quality of his enunciation (those exclamation points may be taken as Verheggen's authorial signature, though Marcel Moreau, in his preface to Ridiculum vitae, swears that Verheggen's exclamation point is in fact a question mark with an erection); second, the wordplay and the questioning of the signifier that he deploys again and again; third, the iconoclastic manner in which he approaches literary tradition and convention.
In short, for President Vicente Fox, the terrorist attack was the exclamation point on Mexico's economic paralysis.
Peters gives away the answer by pointing to his management consulting company's new logo, emblazoned on his vest: a bright red exclamation point. "Enthusiasm rules!"