Archive for November 29th, 2011

Rare punctuation marks. Use with discretion.

Tuesday, November 29th, 2011

Buzzfeed is providing a useful service:  Reviving little known punctuation marks, although I’m pretty sure the folks at Buzzfeed made some of them up out of their heads.

Here are a few:

The exclamation comma.  As the site explains: “Just because you’re excited about something doesn’t mean you have to end the sentence.”  I think I’m going to use that one a lot.

The “interrobang” – “It’s a combo-Exclamation/Question mark, and it’s awesome. It is the glorious punctuational equivalent of saying OMGWTF?!”  Well, yes … I think they made that one up.

The third is very useful, and much more evocative than a parenthetical “snark” or the annoyingly ubiquitous  “lol.”  According to Buzzfeed: “Also called the Percontation Point and the Irony Mark, this one’s used to indicate that there’s another layer of meaning in a sentence. Usually a sarcastic or ironic one. So it is essentially a tool for smart people to use to make stupid people feel even stupider. Which makes it the best punctuation mark of all.”

Read ten more here.  (Comments are kind of fun, too.)