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What does ... Mean to you?

Discussion in 'General Discussions' started by genuinemommy, Jul 8, 2022.

  1. genuinemommy

    genuinemommy Moderator Staff Member


    In different contexts it can mean different things.

    Let's list all of them here.
    Any way you have seen this used, any context.

    All answers welcome.

    Someone asked me recently if I thought they were stupid because I used ... In a text based conversation with them.
    I was so confused. I explained that I thought the opposite, that they didn't need any extra details I could provide on that topic so I was moving on to another.

    They had never seen ... used in any official way. They had only seen it in gaming contexts where apparently it meant in his spheres: "You did something stupid."

    Let's celebrate the many ways to use, misuse, and abuse ellipses.
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  2. fflowley

    fflowley Don't just do something, stand there!

    I'm over 50, and not a gamer, and I use it like you do.
    I'll also use it to indicate a pause in written conversation.
    But I've never known it to imply I'm calling's someone stupid.
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  3. rogue49

    rogue49 Tech Kung Fu Artist Staff Member

    If you've seen my posts anywhere, I use them often.

    For me, it's both a longer pause than "," or an emphasis between ideas that you want your reader to focus on...or to emphasize a point.
    It's almost the same reason that I use line breaks to separate out my sentences.

    There's no scoring system for writing. We're not writing a friggin' book or news article.

    You don't have to worry about wasting paper anymore.
    And syntax & grammar is more of an art form, to translate over what you're trying to get across...and tones, infections, etc that we use in spoken words.

    My focus is to be clear and get things across to my audience. Plus, it's a way for me to do flow of conversation from my brain.

    Frankly, if it's a post and not a book or article, I get lost in what someone is saying...the words blur together. Ideas get missed.
    And I want to give what they're saying due respect, but my eyes & brain just don't want to absorb it, if it's in one big chunk.

    IMHO, anyone who complains, Fuck 'em.

    It's simply knowing your audience and how YOU want to converse.
    If you feel it's not working, you tweak it. As long as the person reading "gets" what you're saying.

    Most rules were made by people who don't much life anyway. :rolleyes:
    There are more important things to worry about...

    ** funny, some have literally complained or mocked my posts look like poetry. (not my intent)
    Again...fuck'em. Don't like it, don't read it. Besides, most like what I have to say...for some reason. ;)
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  4. Chris Noyb

    Chris Noyb Get in, buckle up, hang on, & be quiet.

    Large City, TX
    I use ... to indicate a dramatic or extended pause.
  5. genuinemommy

    genuinemommy Moderator Staff Member

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  6. Chris Noyb

    Chris Noyb Get in, buckle up, hang on, & be quiet.

    Large City, TX
    Interpretation of ... could depend on the tone of what was written.


    I was very disappointed with your...presentation.

    The crowd was absolutely mezermized. How did you come up with such an outside-of-the-box...presentation?
  7. Lindy

    Lindy Moderator Staff Member

    In formal writing (according to some stylebook, somewhere) they indicate that part of a quotation has been left out, usually for the sake of brevity. To be grammatically correct an ellipsis should have a space between the dots.:cool:

    Informally, I use them to indicate a pause. The same way I would pause briefly in conversation while I search my memory banks for the word I want. Or, perhaps, merely for effect.;):rolleyes:

    ... is Morse code for "s" Does anyone here speak Morse?

    First, I thought that pretty much "anything goes" when it comes to texts.:rolleyes:
    Perhaps ... indicating stupid is some online convention as ALL CAPS indicates YELLING.
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  8. pig

    pig Slightly Tilted Donor

    If I'm using text as a substitute for oral communication, it just indicates a pause. I guess it indicates I took a second to think about what comes next.

    I'm formal writing I rarely use them.
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  9. Lindy

    Lindy Moderator Staff Member

    In formal writing only acceptable when chopping wordy irrelevancies from a quotation.
    Otherwise it would seem to me that I was dithering and admitting to not being in command of what I'm writing.
    In my (long suppressed) dissertation I'll use space dash space then parentheses when I move from original Italian or French to English. I don't see that in any stylebook but my committee has not seen fit to correct me.
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  10. boink

    boink Slightly Tilted

    I only use an ellipse when drawing perspective or oval shaped objects...

    I use ... To replicate the pace of my actual speaking, so the reading of a sentence is similar to an in person conversation.
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