proper use of ellipsis

Thursday, September 4, 2008

Okay people, hush'n up and read:

Ellipsis points (also known as ellipses, points of ellipsis, and, suspension points) are periods, usually in groups of three, that signal an omission from quoted material or indicate a pause or trailing off of speech.
--Merriam Webster's Manual for Writers & Editors
They are not commas, colons, semicolons, brackets, semibrackets, or guillemets. Do not use them as such.

(We just edited a piece that included 38 ellipses, and only one of them was correctly used, so we're in a bit of a snit.)


peter said...

I like to use them for a dramatic pause or maybe as an ending to an incomplete thought whose completion is obvious.