I have waged a long and unsuccessful war against the exclamation point. I usually start with a gentle suggestion that if it is completely necessary, one exclamation point will do. After all, five suggests that the writer is manic or uneducated or lazy or the bane of my existence. Anyway, you get the idea. Cut out all these exclamation points. An exclamation point is like laughing at your own joke.—F. Scott Fitzgerald If a gentle suggestion doesn’t suffice, I try humiliation.