I read much comment or sentences using '!' sign, its mean angry or something different? in my country (Indonesia) its use if someone angry, impolite, or instruct something.

  • ! is called "exclamation mark" or "exclamation point". It's a punctuation mark we use to indicate an exclamation. Jun 22, 2016 at 9:54
  • The exclamation mark was the original emoticon. Fancy that!
    – tom
    Jun 22, 2016 at 11:27

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Exclamation point/mark is used to indicate strong emotions. Anger is a strong emotion (being surprised too, is a strong emotion). If I am to open a gift and I'm surprised when I found out what the content is, I'd likely exclaim, "Wow!". I am not angry, nor impolite, nor instructing. It's just that the emotion is so strong when I felt surprised.

The clue is 'strong emotion'.

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    It can also indicate command (imperative). Shut the door! or Attention! Jun 22, 2016 at 9:44
  • @TRomano Those qualify as instructions.
    – MorganFR
    Jun 22, 2016 at 11:17
  • @MorganFR: I'm just clarifying for the OP that the punctuation mark can indeed be used for the purpose of giving an instruction or a command (since one might infer from shin's remark 'not angry, not impolite, nor instructing' that it is not used for that purpose--though I think shin was simply giving additional contexts, not ruling out the imperative). Jun 22, 2016 at 11:27
  • Hold the door!!
    – shin
    Jun 22, 2016 at 11:30
  • Thanks its works!!! , I think who say that is very happy, right? Jun 23, 2016 at 1:15

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