Stop the full stop. Punctuation symbol is ‘intimidating’ to young people – linguists say


Language experts have claimed that young people find the full stop intimidating as it is seen as a sign of anger in text messages.

As Generation Z – teenagers or those in their early twenties – have grown up in the age of instant messaging, the punctuation mark is no longer commonly used.

Linguists experts from across the world have been investigating the purposefulness of the full stop as communication habits have evolved.

Dr Lauren Fonteyn tweeted: If you send a text message without a full stop, it’s already obvious that you’ve concluded the message.

‘So if you add that additional marker for completion, they will read something into it and it tends to be a falling intonation or negative tone.’

According to the Telegraph, linguists are divided on whether the full stop has become redundant given that text messages are concluded by pressing send so there is arguably no need for the full stop.

However, some experts have claimed the context matters.

DO you see the full stop as offensive or with a negative tone?