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Typing a full stop means: I am annoyed by the course of this conversation and want to stop talking about this topic now. This manner of using the full stop is neither standard nor intended P R O F. D R . J A N N I S A N D R O U T S O P O U L O S

and of information, this makes it harder for the reader to make sense of the few words still written. Researchers think a full stop at the end of a sentence has a special significance. They assume that using it would not have anything to do with grammar but with the fact that the writer was aggressive or weary of something. »Typing a full stop means: I am annoyed by the course of this conversation and want to stop talking about this topic now. This manner of using the full stop is neither standard nor intended,« explains Prof Dr Jannis Androutsopoulos from the University of Hamburg (4).

menon as an »interaction-oriented attitude of writing« (1). And then there are trending words that, depending on age and social group, creep into our language. They sum up things, units or groups in one single word. Anglicisms are particularly popular. Soon, Sarah, Julia and Anna are no longer a group of friends, but a »squad«. However, such terms are not unusual. In the past, there were trending words such as »clique« to describe a group of friends. Some people minimise their communication even more and eliminate punctuation from their messages altogether. Owing to the fast flow of typing

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