Friday, September 23, 2005

Punktuation

Brian
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You may think that's just a question mark followed by an exclamation point. But it's not. It's an interrobang, or at least one way to represent it. You might use it when you're exclaiming a question, or asking an exclamation. It can also be represented this way:


The advent of the computer, and thus the presence of all these funny buttons at our fingertips, has given rise to the use and combination of punctuation in all sorts of creative ways. Twenty years ago, who would have thought that colon-hyphen-close parentheses would be a smiley? Don't worry, be happy.

I, for one, enjoy the creative punctuation for the most part. At the very least, I love the word "interrobang." My college roommate insisted there was a desperate need for a similar hybrid stop: something to indicate a question that ends in a clause that is not the end of the sentence. So he came up with the quomma, which looks like this:
That way you can wonder, how hard do TheGoodReverend's MS Paint skills rock?, without losing the impact of the question.

What other hybrid punctuation marks will be necessary in the near future?, I wonder. You think maybe hundreds?!

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