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PUNCTUATION, construction. The act or method of placing points (q.v.) in a written or printed instrument.
     2. By the word point is here understood all the points in grammar, as the comma, the semicolon, the colon, and the like.
     3. All such instruments are to be construed without any regard to the punctuation; and in a case of doubt, they ought to be construed in such a manner that they may have some effect, rather than in one in which they would be nugatory. Vide Toull. liv. 3, t. 2, c. 5, n. 430; 4 T. R. 65; Barringt. on the Stat. 394, n. Vide article Points.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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"We wanted a logo that stayed true to our roots (whimsical, purple, with an exclamation point) yet embraced the evolution of our products," a statement on the website said.
Austen often heightens her own effect by adding exclamation points to whatever these women say, helping us imagine the exaggerated tone of voice.
To shorten the formula a bit, you could include the apostrophes and exclamation points as part of the specified custom number format:
"He put an exclamation point behind the importance of the family," Richard Wirthlin, a former Reagan-era official, told the Tribune.
Things got started back in January 1994 when Yang and Filo launched a Web site named "Jerry's Guide to the World Wide Web," which three months later was renamed "Yahoo!" with the exclamation point.
Also, the format must include the brackets, exclamation point and dollar signs as shown in exhibit 5, at right.
It was sick!" Then you would say, "Word?" Word can be used as an exclamation point, "Yo, I'm not even on mushrooms.
George Orwell tried to avoid the semicolon completely in Coming Up for Air (1939)." Truss also weighs in with fascinating anecdotes and usage suggestions for the question mark, exclamation point, ellipsis, parenthesis, bracket, dash, quotation mark, and hyphen.
An exclamation point leaned against the smaller hall of the L.
Just consider that here the exclamation point is the 'titan of tingle, the prince of palpitation' and you have some idea of the allure of Comma Sense--and its potential of educating those who traditionally wouldn't touch grammar books with a ten-foot pole.
The current version, staged in 1968 by Yuri Grigorovich, is in three clusters of scenes, each closing in a tableau that seems like an exclamation point. The ballet's military formations and battles used arbitrary choreographic devices like the soldiers raising the same arm and leg as they marched, or repeating the same step many times on their way to the finale, which resembled a crucifixion with the slave-hero Spartacus held aloft, his arms outstretched.
[Note to all editors: There should be an electrical wire connected to your exclamation point key, and every time you're tempted to use it, you should be shocked back into your senses.