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Photo: Andrzej Wilusz (Shutterstock) I…have…a confession…to make: I think that when you wedge ellipses into texts, you unintentionally rob your message of any linear train of thought. The written word has long been beholden to evolving sets of style and convention, but if I can be a curmudgeon for a moment, at no point in history has the English lexicon been riddled with dot dot dot after dot dot dot to such an egregious extent. At the risk of sounding ageist, the truth remains that this is a quirk native to the oldest among us—a cohort that grew up and blossomed into adulthood without the convenience and curse of an all-encompassing Internet. But instead of disparaging boomers—or anyone—yet to adapt their communication to the digital age, I hope this helps. Here’s why your texts—and all the people reading them—deserve better than multiple ellipses. They make it seem like something is wrong Don’t make your reader parse the subtlety in your text messages. For most Millennials and members of Generation Z (and even some Gen X-ers), texting is a primary means of communication, even if it can be really tedious and impersonal. Replying “ok…” can leave a text reader feeling as if you’re leaving something unsaid. What, for example, is inferred by the three lingering dots that leave your sentence begging for finality? Gretchen McCulloch, a linguist and author of Because Internet: Understanding the New Rules of Language , recently expounded on this very topic to USA Today . In […]