Minor rant follows:

How do people decide how many elipses to use, in particular when composing an email or instant message? Is there a different set of rules of which I am unaware?

I often see people write things like:

You’ll never guess what happened………..

Now, what made that person decide it was okay to use 11 “dots”? When did elipses stop being three dots…? Am I missing something? Four dots is okay if you are ending a sentence. But eleven?

I give up………….

About Jamie Todd Rubin

Jamie Todd Rubin writes fiction and nonfiction for a variety of publications including Analog, Clarkesworld, The Daily Beast, 99U, Daily Science Fiction, Lightspeed, InterGalactic Medicine Show, and several anthologies. He was featured in Lifehacker’s How I Work series. He has been blogging since 2005. By day, he manages software projects and occasionally writes code. He lives in Arlington, Virginia with his wife and three children. Find him on Twitter at @jamietr.