There remains much debate as to whether or not a joke writer should punctuate the end of a joke with an exclamation point. Though some feel a punchline will be driven home with an exclamation point, others feel that exclamation points should be driven off of a cliff:

“Cut out all these exclamation points. An exclamation point is like laughing at your own joke.”

-F. Scott Fitzgerald

How long do you think F. Scott Fitzgerald debated with himself over whether or not he should end that quotation with an exclamation point? You're telling me that F. Scott Fitzgerald didn't laugh after he came up with that quote? And how many people have said "Eff Scott Fitzgerald!" and laughed at his or her own joke?!?

 

Category:Riff-Raff -- posted at: 2:57pm PDT