This is a terrific post from “Fixed That For Ya’,” an editor’s blog, which I just learned about from writer Mary Carroll-Hackett.
Here’s what the writers says about semi colons, for example:
You probably don’t think you have a chance with that Hot Babe. That’s why you need a semicolon. It will help you get together with someone who’s Way Out Of Your League. We grammar lovers call these “independent clauses,” but really, it doesn’t matter what label you want to put on yourself. The important thing is that when you think you don’t have a chance, you can use a semicolon to join two phrases that ordinarily wouldn’t go together. HECK YEAH.”
Visit http://fixedthatforya.tumblr.com/post/18311022163/top-10-sexy-punctuation-marks for the rest of them.
I have an unnatural affinity for the semi-colon, or, as one writing mentor warned me, “semi-colon poisoning,” and an unnatural annoyance with the exclamation point, which I use only when I’m trying to be unnaturally enthusiastic.
If you pay attention, you’ll notice that I edited the editor’s punctuation in that quote. Go look for it.