I just read a blog post on why not to use exclamation marks in fiction. The thing is, that blogger called it an explanation mark over and over again (ten times), so it’s not a typo — this idjit thinks that’s the real name of this thing: ! Yes, really. An explanation mark. *facepalm*
This time, I’m gonna name names, or give credit where credit probably isn’t/won’t be wanted, or something; if you want to see the post that caused my current grammar-ninja outrage, go here. [Update: Apparently some kind soul pointed out to the “expert” the error of his ways, and the link no longer works. Nevertheless…]
Actual quote from the post: “If what you’re describing needs an explanation mark attached to the end, then your not doing a good job describing it.
*sigh* This is why we can’t have nice things…