“The ramblings and grumblings of author Ad Hudler”

But what would your English teacher say?
Saturday, September 27, 2008

I have noted a punctuation trend in email correspondence: The use of the "~"

It's up there, on the upper left-hand corner of your keyboard. It's being used most often at the close of a correspondence:


~All best,

~Bye for now.

And it's almost always used by women over the age of 40.


Is it the equivalent of a little kiss on the cheek or a fluttering of the fingers, saying goodbye?

Was it discovered by accident? A Freudian slip? After all, it IS on a key close to the "escape" button. And what busy mom doesn't want to escape at times?

What's up with the squiggly line, girls?



Blogger Libby McMillan said...

It's curvy ... like us.
~Lib vs. -Lib

September 27, 2008 at 8:33 PM  
Blogger Ad Hudler said...

Had to pass on what a smart reader sent to me via email:

"... It's a softened version of
"- Kathy," and I interpret its use as "I mean no harm." ... To me, its use equals the act of a person tilting the head during conversation, which body language theorists believe shows vulnerability (to the jugular). Interpretation: "I'm not a threat."

September 28, 2008 at 12:18 PM  
Blogger Ad Hudler said...

and my P.R. agent said this:

"...(and yes, that is a very girly way to sign off on an email...which is why I like it! ha!)"

Ad again: So, it's kind of like a bow or something?

September 28, 2008 at 9:34 PM  

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