My mother has the very annoying habit of using (...) repeatedly in her emails. There are very few punctuation marks beyond (...). A typical email will be written like this.
"I went to the store...got a few apples...saw our old neighbor in the parking lot...she looked old. Drove home but didn't really want to...thought I'd rather be there with you...saw something for the kids...didn't know if you had it already... Feeling sick....got a little cold...not much else going on...wondering how you were doing..."
These messages go on and on, with ...s through the whole thing.
At first, I thought maybe she just didn't realize how the message read. How it was so annoying to read long pauses between each statement. That punctuation actually means something and isn't just for visual effect. Then, I figured she thought it looked cool. Like she was some sort of intellectual with a stylized way of writing.
I finally explained it to her. She laughed uncomfortable. She hates anyone, especially me, to correct her. She always claims to be stupid and uneducated and tells me I'm making her feel that way more. But I just couldn't stand the damn dots anymore. She stopped for awhile, but they soon came back full force. I know partly she's doing it to annoy me. She so loves to annoy me.
But then even more, it seems like a metaphor for our relationship. She's always stringing those dots out between us. Uses them to keep me on the hook and maintain attention on herself. It's her way of being the center of attention. Even in an email, I must maintain total and complete focus on what SHE is saying. I'm not allowed even one period to stop and think for myself.