The Final Stop for the Full Stop?

Have you noticed you’ve stopped using a full-stop to end your sentences in text/IM? Have you ever received a message with a full-stop and thought, “that person must be pissed at me”? Are you sick and tired of rhetorical questions?

Ben Crair examined the issue of this recent punctuation innovation in an article for the New Republic:

This is an unlikely heel turn in linguistics. In most written language, the period is a neutral way to mark a pause or complete a thought; but digital communications are turning it into something more aggressive. “Not long ago, my 17-year-old son noted that many of my texts to him seemed excessively assertive or even harsh, because I routinely used a period at the end,” Mark Liberman, a professor of linguistics at the University of Pennsylvania, told me by email. How and why did the period get so pissed off?

Via {daring fireball}.