This week, on Twitter, we corrected a tweet …
“Proper grammar and punctuation is a turn on.”
@GrammarCops: Proper grammar and punctuation ARE a turn on 🙂
This led to an interesting Twitter conversation with one of our Followers (Tweeps). It went something like this …
@mergyeugnau: But where is the punctuation at the end of that sentence? *heartbroken*
@GrammarCops: Isn’t the 🙂 acceptable Twitter punctuation? Just like some dot an i with a heart … can’t we use a 🙂 as a period? Reprieve?
@mergyeugnau: I will accept it as your custom in the future. What is the equivalent of a neologism – a neoregulism perhaps?
@mergyeugnau: I think that ‘neopunctism’ is the correct word for a subset of grammatical ‘neoregulisms’ that is specific to punctuation.
We just wanted to share with you this excellent example of neologism, and introduce you to a few neowords of the day:
- a new word, meaning, usage, or phrase.
- the introduction or use of new words or new senses of existing words.
- a new doctrine, esp. a new interpretation of sacred writings.
- Psychiatry. a new word, often consisting of a combination of other words, that is understood only by the speaker: occurring most often in the speech of schizophrenics.
- a new law, rule, or other order prescribed by authority (such as Grammar Police a.k.a. GrammarCops, their Deputies and/or Twitter Followers), esp. to regulate grammar or conduct.
- the introduction or use of new regulations or the state of being neoregulated.
- Thanks to @mergyeugnau
- a new punctuation mark or punctuation usage.
- the introduction or use of new punctuation or new senses of existing punctuation.
- a new precept, esp. a new interpretation of sacred punctuation.
- Twittery. a new punctuation mark or usage, often consisting of a combination of other punctuation marks, that may only be understood only by the Twitterer: occurring most often in the text of schizophrenic Twitterers.