An ellipsis is a punctuation mark, consisting of three full stops … and I like to use it. Ellipses are used to implicate omission of words or a pause, according to all grammar- and punctuation sites. I chose Merriam-Webster for this:
Full Definition of ellipsis
plural ellipses play -ˌsēz
1a : the omission of one or more words that are obviously understood but that must be supplied to make a construction grammatically complete : a sudden leap from one topic to another
2: marks or a mark (as …) indicating an omission (as of words) or a pause
I use it frequently, in my writings — it’s my personal style, and these blog posts certainly aren’t very formal. There are oodles of style manuals out there, so I guess it depends on which one you’re committed to … . For consistency, I always make my ellipsis surrounded by non-breaking spaces. With regards to that, the different style manuals differ. One suggests an ellipsis should consist of three full stops, with spaces in between . . . others argue it should be “my” preferred style … and I feel so lucky to just be writing a personal blog. Nobody’s going to proofread it — only in their heads/minds.
When you read about punctuation — huge subject — in forums online, people get all worked up and discuss this until they’re blue in the face. Just google the Oxford comma, to see what people have to say about that 🙂
Here, in WordPress’ editor, there’s an Omega sign up in the toolbar, which brings up special characters. The ellipsis is found there, as well as the em dash ( — ). In my ignorance, I thought two hyphens automatically would create an em dash, as it does when typing in various email clients … and also on my iPhone. On a Mac computer, the shortcut OPTION + ; (semi-colon) produces a … . On a Windows computer, the only way I know of is ALT + 0133 on your numeric pad, provided you have one. Otherwise, I don’t know. For Twitter users, this could come in handy, as they only have 140 characters at their disposal, and the ellipsis is one, not three.
Perhaps I’m over-using … even abusing the ellipsis. Here, in my blog, I tend to write as I think, so maybe it says something about me. I was meaning to bring up quotation marks in different countries too, but I’ll save that for another time.