noah | January 15, 2008 11:00 am

A punctuation expert comments on Panic At The Disco’s decision to drop the “!” from its name: “Exclamation points are used to convey emotion, to increase the immediacy of what you’re saying. They instill a sense of emergency and urgency. … To change that, especially for a rock band, seems kind of odd to me. There’s certainly a reduced sense of ‘panic’ in Panic at the Disco now.” Clearly she hasn’t talked to any fans who are worried that the band has taken a hard turn and is now speeding toward the sleepy burg that is Sam’s Town. [MTV]