An ellipsis (plural ellipses; from the Ancient Greek: ἔλλειψις, élleipsis, “omission” or “falling short”) is a series of dots (typically three, such as “…”) that usually indicates an intentional omission of a word, sentence, or whole section from a text without altering its original meaning.
I learned a long time ago that this is all an ellipsis is for. However, if you are like me sometimes you like to write dramatic pauses into your written conversations and musings and therefore require something stronger than a comma. I believe a dash can be used in some instances, but it never felt right to me. I am no grammatical scholar, but I would like to think that more often than not I use grammar and punctuation correctly. It’s often a lot to think about. Where to put a comma, whether a semi-colon might be necessary, and the hardest one for me, where the fuck does the period go if a sentence ends with a partial quotation? And see right there, I probably was supposed to use a colon instead of a comma before my “where the fuck”. And right there I probably was supposed to put the period before the ending quotation.
I don’t fucking know. So I don’t overthink it. Proof read tho. That shit is important..
The only course I passed at the first university I attended was a writing course. I learned about myself that when I really apply myself, I can get busy on paper. That’s ironic because my handwriting is trash, but I express myself through text far better than through speech. The other thing I learned in that course is that good writers break the rules. Consider that. All the grammatical rules we follow were probably derived and evolved from great writers. The greatest of writers make their own rules because sometimes the confines of grammar limit the freedom of expression. So one day, I decided that I would create my own rule.
Going back to the ellipsis, some people like to use that to emphasize pauses within their writing. However as explained above, that is not what it is for. I still recall my high school Creative Writing teacher telling me that an ellipsis is only utilized for omission as explained above. So I stopped using it for my pauses. And then, sometime after high school, I created my own punctuation for a dramatic pause. I don’t have a name for it because like I said I am no grammatical scholar, and I am not out here trying to evolve the English language. However, I needed something. I need my pauses, bruh..
That was it. Did you see it? It’s just two dots to end or break a sentence. When it ends a sentence, it’s a pause to leave the reader room to go “damn” at how dope that shit they just read was. And other times it is to lead into something else. For example, I posted this as my facebook status earlier today:
See that is the kind of post that needs a pause for the irony of it. The beginning being that it’s not always about winning. The expectation being some positive message about:
But nah.. We bout those wins over here. And we let them haters know. And how? Using two dots to lead into it. If said aloud, it would be stated with a pause for the sake of comedic timing. I write words and punctuation the way I feel they would be spoken. I feel it is the most effective way to communicate. So the dot dot gives me the freedom to pause without shitting all over existing rules of grammar and punctuation.
If you have read anything I have written, you have seen it many times over. Perhaps you have wondered about it. Perhaps you never noticed it. Maybe you thought I was an idiot who couldn’t commit to using an ellipsis (incorrectly). Or maybe you figured out what it was and appreciate my resourcefulness. Does this make me a great writer? Probably not.
But it’s mine.. So Imma use it.. Bitch..