The Interrobang: The Punctuation Mark You Never Knew You Wanted Until Now

75px-Interrobang.svgIn the early ’60s a frustrated ad exec,  for whom the usual combination of the question mark and exclamation point  (?!)  had lost the ability to convey the appropriate WTF-ness of a thought, came to create  the interrobang — a portmanteau of “interrogate” and “bang”:

Take the question and exclamation marks often found together at the end of shock-transmitting sentences (“You won how much money at poker?!”) and merge them into a single typographical symbol: ` .

And the interrobang (a delightful word to type!) is, supposedly, poised for a comeback. “The very technology that allows for the interrobang’s wider dissemination—e-mail, text-messaging and online games—is also the ideal medium for it. Welcome to Incredulity 2.0.”   I would very much like to interrobang the shit out of some sentences.  [via]

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2 Responses to The Interrobang: The Punctuation Mark You Never Knew You Wanted Until Now

  1. Melissa says:

    I can’t wait to get interrobanged…mmm. Put it on my keyboard, Apple! Stat!!!

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