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Postby sardith » Thu Dec 08, 2011 1:00 pm

I never realized there was a word for something I could've used, ever so many times: 8)


a printed punctuation mark (‽), available only in some typefaces, designed to combine the question mark (?) and the exclamation point (!), indicating a mixture of query and interjection, as after a rhetorical question. (

The mark is said to be the typographical equivalent of a grimace or a shrug of the shoulders. It applied solely to the rhetorical, when a writer wished to convey incredulity. (
“The difference between the right word and the almost right word is the difference between lightning and a lightning bug.”
~Mark Twain, [pen name for Samuel Clemens], American author and humorist, (1835-1910)~

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Postby Perry Lassiter » Thu Dec 08, 2011 1:15 pm

I partially recall reading an article by some humorist years ago proposing a number of additional punctuation marks. Anyone else recall and perhaps locate it? The need has diminished a bit since the arrival of emoticons that serve much the same purpose and evoke the same mixed feelings.

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Postby Dr. Goodword » Sun Apr 22, 2012 7:02 am

I have to encode special characters for the text version of the GW and I wouldn't know how to encode this one. Moreover, it probably wouldn't come up on some computers.
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