LATELY — 16 April 2001

A Style Guide

From Appendix XIII of the Concise Oxford Dictionary, 9th Edition–a style guide:

8. Exclamation mark

This is used after an exclamatory word, phrase, or sentence expressing any of the following:

8.1 Absurdity:

What an idea!

8.2 Command or warning:

Go to your room!
Be careful!

8.3 Contempt or disgust:

They are revolting!

8.4 Emotion or pain:

I hate you!
That really hurts!
Ouch!

8.5 Enthusiasm:

I’d love to come!

8.6 Wish or regret:

Let me come!
If only I could swim!

8.7 Wonder, admiration, or surprise:

What a good idea!
Aren’t they beautiful!

[Note that each use is equally-well illustrated by the simpler, and more straight-forward Fuck!, with the possible exception of 8.2 (Fuck off! better?) and 8.5 (Fuck yeah! better?).]