The job description of the ellipsis has changed, Matthew J.X. Malady writes. His emails, his text messages...full of three-point shots. Clay Shirky hypothesizes to him that "people are trying to use alphabets like we’re talking, and it’s ... hard
. So we reach for the ellipsis.”
Awl Editor Choire Sicha tells Malady he's defeated his own overuse of ellipses, retraining himself to "send emails in complete sentences, with proper punctuation, like an adult person."
At The Washington Post, using fewer ellipses is now an institutional imperative, judging by a July 17 memo from Managing Editor Emilio Garcia-Ruiz and Multiplatform Editor Jesse Lewis. "We’ve noticed an overuse of the ellipsis recently," they write.