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Chad Concelmo avatar 12:22 PM on 09.09.2008  (server time)
Gay punctuation is gay

Jonathan Ross is hilarious.

Actually, I am getting ahead of myself. Let me start with a disclaimer: This blog post may not be funny to anyone. Last night Jonathan and I were talking on gchat and I was laughing so hard I had to write about it this morning. But I do understand that a lot of times inside jokes are not funny to anyone else. Just take this as a warning.

What were we talking about? Well, we were having a discussion on what the gayest punctuation mark is.

It was a tough race, clearly, but we narrowed it down to two: the tilde and the crazy curved brackets.

Let’s break this down:

Now, the tilde is almost too obvious, given its ridiculously gay name. But looking past that, observe the feminine curve, the way it floats above the baseline. The tilde is pretty darn gay.

But before giving the tilde the crown (or tiara?), you have to consider the curved brackets. I mean, look how sassy they are! As an example, read this sentence: "I can’t believe you decided on those black shoes {girrrrrrl!}!" The curved brackets just fit so comfortably in that extremely gay exclamation.

See? It’s a pretty tough call.

For the curious, Jonathan and I were much more confident on the sexuality of other punctuation.

As for the straightest, the underscore easily takes the car-fixing, boob-grabbing cake:

Flat; grounded; to the point.

The most metrosexual? Why the ampersand, of course (for obvious reasons):

Just look at it ... so confident, yet so confused ...

As for the gayest, please help us make a decision. What do you think is the gayest punctuation mark? The tilde, the curved brackets, or something not mentioned (I am looking at you pilcrow)?

And, yes, Jonathan and I need to do something better with our time ...

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