At the time of writing, President Trump, the commander-in-chief of the exclamation mark, has yet to release his essay on the contribution of the late Hugh Hefner to American life.
You can bet when he does though, it will be garnished throughout with “the 27th letter”.
Kim Kardashian, however, unburdened by presidential responsibility, has already transmitted her message of condolence.
(Quite whether such messages should be broadcast to your public rather than, say, restricted to nearest and dearest is a debate for another day. But this person at Vogue thinks it’s WRONG.)
But what we can take from her punctuation at this difficult moment is that – she doesn’t seem that bothered!
All those exclamation marks scattered around like perky throw pillows – they’re totally blocking out the sadness.
As America wakes up, doubtless the temptation to express the depth of their pain at the passing of a legend will cause many to look beyond the alphabet in search of the appropriate symbol.
However right it seems to go with this – ! – a simple message of hope, though, it’s not, and never will be.
A subtle and discreet emoji if you must, but otherwise privacy please, while the grief is dealt with.