When I told my friend that I pitted the question mark against the exclamation point for the first round of grammar madness, he chided me for choosing two seed one punctuation marks.
But, surprisingly, it was really no contest. The question mark totally kicked the question mark’s ass.
The exclamation point was condemned for being “all POP and no substance” and “way too enthusiastic.” It was described as being “like a panting dog who slobbers all over you.” Some even replace the exclamation point with all caps followed by a period.
So now for the next round:the question mark versus the colon.
P.S. If you ever google an image for the colon, I recommend you include the words "punctuation mark" in the search. Especially if you've just eaten.