So this charming guy loves exclamation points. He's stuck on "they make it LOUDER", as I told him at first. What a big mistake! Now he takes every "!" as a chance to shout out the phrase as we read. So Aric and I tried to explain that exclamation marks can also make it more emphatic or forceful.
"Can you say 'em-pha-tic'?" we ask.
He tries several times, not getting it right.
"em-pha-tic," we repeat.
Eventually he shouts, "EMPHATIC!" then with a grin, he says, "I made it LOUDER!"
Aric and I just had to bust up laughing. :)