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Full stop seen as rude in text messages






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A language expert says ending sentences in text messages with a full stop can look rude. In American English, a full stop is called a period. The expert says more people think ending messages with a full stop is rude. She said this is most common in younger people who use instant messaging apps like Twitter. She added that people prefer to send a completely new message instead of ending a sentence with a full stop. She said: "If you're a young person and you're sending a message to someone, the default way to break up your thoughts is to send each thought as a new message."

The full stop goes back 2,300 years. It is an essential part of writing. Teachers can put comments in red ink on a student's writing if he or she forgets the full stop. However, technology is changing how we write. Most people now use abbreviations, acronyms, emojis or emoticons :-) People might use the acronym 'LOL' instead of 'laugh out loud,' or the abbreviation 'fyi' rather than 'for your information'. Not using the full stop in text messages helps the writer save time. The expert said a full stop can also make the writer look a little aggressive.

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