- is at a lower (deeper?) level,
- provides added explanation of a thought, or
- might be just plain superfluous!
And what about that semicolon I just used? I make no apologies there; the semicolon is a perfectly proper piece of punctuation. But, like bullets, it is something that we rarely see in American writing. Pop across the pond, however, and you will notice that Europe is just plain littered with semicolons! Which reminds me - that exclamation mark* I just used. What's that about? Why do I use them so much? OK, you got me. I like 'em, OK? Reminds me of an episode of Seinfeld (I think) where Elaine (I think) is upset - it had something to do with a phone message that contained startling news, but no exclamation marks. Seems that, in her opinion, the news warranted quite a few of them, yet the message had nary a one!!! Anyhoo. If it wasn't Seinfeld it was something I saw on TV. Italics. Same problem - yes, I use 'em too much for no good reason.
* Did you know that another term for 'exclamation mark' is 'bang?' Ah yes, asterisks. Now they can be really useful in spots where parentheses just won't do - like now bang bang bang
Perhaps I need to join PA. My name is David and I'm a punctuation-olic.† There. I said it. Happy now?
† Or would that be punctuation-aholic? Puncuholic? Oooh, sounds dirty! But, I babble!!!!!
Then there's my (frequently incorrect) overuse of the ellipsis ... we won't even get into that ... at least, not now bang bang bang
Consequently, this site will use U.S. spelling conventions unless there is a specific reason not to. Reasons range from humor (humour!) to my stubbornness (there are some words I just will not spell the U.S. way, no matter how hard you make me try!). But see my confession about aluminum...
[Yes, I know that there is always the option of editing the raw XML and HTML. While I'm an aficionado of markup languages, it feels too much like work. I want my website to be fun!]