Reinforcing Comma Placement. Being Educated On Angry Periods And Isn’t Being Right The Most Euphoric Feeling?

A text exchange with Lauren this past week had me confused for a minute but caused me to giggle:

I thought EXCLAMATION POINTS made me sound angry, but according to my oldest daughter, I was incorrect. She is not only the real police, she is also the grammar police so, I know she was being funny.

I have music playing on our Sonos system ‘throughout the inside and outside’ of our house from the moment I wake up until we sit down to watch the boob tube around 7:30-8pm.

Some days I’m all about John Mayer or Return Of The Mack Radio, but lately it’s been Chris Stapleton and whatever Pandora thinks relates to Chris Stapleton. Soulful country.

One day last week The Coach waltzed into my office while singing along with this oldie-but-goodie when he caught my attention at the second line.

The only two things in life that make it worth livin’
Is guitars that tune good and firm feelin’ women
I don’t need my name in the marquee lights
I got my song and I got you with me tonight
Maybe it’s time we got back to the basics of love

Waylon Jennings

Me: Hey, what if the women aren’t firm feeling any longer?

Coach: No, it’s Guitars that tune good AND firm, (comma) feeling women. The guitars are firm.

Me while giving side eye: And then he feels women? I don’t think so, let me look that up.

*Goes directly to the google machine for verification*

I said excitedly: WRONG!

Isn’t being RIGHT the best feeling in the world? I mean, if drug addicts felt right about things before trying drugs, they might never have traveled that path and instead tried to be RIGHT about things.

*I just made myself laugh*

Thank goodness I was right, but still, the only thing firm about me is my stance on recycling.

I love being married. You can literally annoy ONE special person for the duration of your life. Am I right or am I right?

*I just realized a FUN fact after listening to the entire song again: In the last line Waylon mentions “Jerry Jeff’s (Walker) Train Songs”; well we’re almost full semi not really circle because now, present day, we are friends with Jerry Jeff’s Son, Django. (yes, his real name)

Django Walker, Suz and Patrick Davis at a charity event the Coach put on in 2019. I was wearing wedges and yet I still look like a toddler next to them.

I know it was a stretch, but still I can’t help but see the significance of all of this. 😳

Anyone else get a bit smug when they’re right? How about angry looking punctuation? Is that new to you too?


30 thoughts on “Reinforcing Comma Placement. Being Educated On Angry Periods And Isn’t Being Right The Most Euphoric Feeling?

  1. I thought ALL CAPS made a text look angry! I’ll have to remember that it’s a period! It’s awesome being right but I’m used to it because I’m always right ! At least with my husband anyway! Those are a couple tall guys! That is only the second time in my life I’ve heard the name Django!

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      Being right is the best.
      I’ve only heard the name Django from a movie other than this Django.
      His Dad wrote Mr. Bojangles…now I’m wondering if he took it from that song title?
      Bojangle. Django? Probably not.

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  2. I always punctuate my text messages. I’m sure that surprises no one at all. I recently read an article by the new Emily Post about text message etiquette and promptly dismissed the entire thing.

    As far as being right, I do love That Feeling. I love it even when no one is there to be Wrong. You know, like when you see an error on TV or on a sign someplace, or when you are trying like hell to think of something, and once you do, you google it for validation and you’re Right, and you get that little Thrill Of Victory? I love that. Best thing ever.

    And please stay righteous on Comma Placement. There are very few of us Warriors left.

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    1. You’re correct: not surprised at all. 😉

      Being Right is a lovely High.

      Im not perfect with my comma usage, but I’m continuously learning.


  3. Dying laughing here. Firm on recycling. Brilliant.

    I would lose an argument about song lyrics EVERY. TIME. I don’t think I’d ever be tuned in enough to try to change the meaning of a song with punctuation, but I give him an A for effort.

    I can often be found editing my offspring’s essays. Why don’t they know where to put the commas? Curly told me the other day, while I was editing her paper, that she couldn’t use contractions. I said YES, YOU CAN. IT’S PART OF THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE. She was like BUT MR. GRAND SAID . . . I was like WELL, I’M A PUBLISHED AUTHOR SO MR. GRAND CAN CALL ME. That felt good.

    Before I read the caption, I was like HOW TALL ARE THESE MEN?

    My kids always critique my texting: WHY TEXT WITH ONE FINGER? WHY SAY SO MUCH? WHY NOT USE ABBREVIATIONS? I’ve never been told that my periods are offensive. That one is new to me, and so funny.

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    1. When I write about song lyrics I always think: E will have zero clue about this. 😉

      by golly, YOU ARE A PUBLISHED AUTHOR! 🖐

      I don’t use abbreviations in texts, but I do voice to text often and that comes with its own mishaps.


  4. Anna and I would have that text exchange. I also use unnecessary punctuation in text messages. I feel it is a Gen X thing.
    And to add to Deb’s comment up there, ALL CAPS IS YELLING. ALWAYS.

    Side note- I love that you listen to music from the moment you wake until you turn on the television. That. Is. Me. LOVE IT (yes, I’m yelling)

    Also, being right is THE BEST FEELING IN THE WORLD.

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    1. I love conversing with my kids; we’re all so sassy.
      We are both so right about so many things. We should be famous. Oh, wait, never mind….

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  5. Bijoux

    We’re you a teenager in 2019? Dang, Girl! You look good!
    Being right is feeling fabulous!
    I cracked up at your ‘the hell?’ Bahaha! But yeah, I do know that saying Ok. in a text is angry. Even Sure. sounds irritated to me.

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  6. I’m rarely RIGHT so it is a heady experience. I get that. I know about angry punctuation but I am on Team Punctuation and want all of the members to feel useful; it’s my duty to play them all.

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  7. People sometimes tease me because I text like I write: grammatically proper. Periods, exclamation marks, you name it. If that makes me wrong, I don’t want to be right. Actually, if that makes me wrong, I don’t want to be WRITE!

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  8. I don’t know, maybe it’s just me, but the older I get the more often it turns out I am wrong when the facts are checked. And the more convinced I am that I am right the more often I find myself embarrassed to be wrong about something, yet again. Thanks for the education about angry periods in texts. No wonder my kids never use them in texts. (I just thought they were lazy.) But none of them have ever pointed out to me the faux pas of me using them. Hmmm….

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    1. Barbara the absolute worst feeling is thinking you’re right, arguing your point, and then being wrong. It does happen to me, so therefore I rejoice in my correct RIGHTS even more so.
      *giggling at myself again*

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  9. My kids are always giving me a hard time about the way I text. Apparently punctuation and capitalization aren’t necessary. And I text paragraphs which they find maddening! Oh well, I guess I’m just old and definitely not firm!

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