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May 2, 2008
Yes, clingy female friend, I got lost in a book and didn't come online at the usual time.

“You'd rather read than talk to me.”

You were waiting for me to confirm or deny that statement, and tonight I discovered the devastating power of the ellipsis.

...

Those dots did some serious semantic heavy lifting. Yes, sometimes I would. A roll of the eyes and a painful conversation about the nature of our friendship and its obligations.

With its conciseness, the ellipsis carried all those things in a way that was unjustifiably cold and cruel, and I instantly regretted using it.