Thursday, September 4, 2008
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.They are not commas, colons, semicolons, brackets, semibrackets, or guillemets. Do not use them as such.
--Merriam Webster's Manual for Writers & Editors
(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.)