Ariane Sherine

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I like exclamation marks!!! Not to that extent, but I do. I use them sparingly, to liven up dialogue, signify volume and incredulity, and inject punch. But this, according to certain other writers, is a gross literary misjudgment on a par with ending a sentence with a comma,

"The exclamation mark is the last refuge of the scoundrel!" a writer friend railed (he'll be railing even more now I've defiled the end of his pronouncement). "It's the literary equivalent of an umbrella - pointy, almost always useless, and gets in the way."

Another journalist dubbed the mark "pointless", insisting that "all writing should convey its message without needless embellishment", while an editor spurned my upturned "i"s with a firm "we don't use screamers".…  Seguir leyendo »

Yesterday, my flatmate came into my room and asked, "Are we going to die tomorrow?" Cern, the European laboratory for particle physics, has apparently chosen today to try to recreate the big bang, using an atom-smashing machine called a Large Hadron Collider - and a chemistry professor named Otto Rössler, among other scientists, thinks it "quite plausible" that the experiment will create black holes that will "survive and grow exponentially and eat the planet from the inside".

Knowing almost nothing about particle physics, I consoled my flatmate: "I'm sure they know what they're doing." And if they're wrong?, she persisted. "Then you won't have to go to work on Thursday," I pointed out.…  Seguir leyendo »