Enter The InterroBANG!

From The Daily Post by the great folk over at WordPress.

By the Dots

We all have strange relationships with punctuation — do you overuse exclamation marks? Do you avoid semicolons like the plague? What type of punctuation could you never live without? Tell us all about your punctuation quirks!

I am a punctuation anarchist. The only difference to be between a colon, semicolon & emdash is my mood. My favorite punctuation symbols are the Interrobang and the ampersand. The one useless punctuation that I just don’t get at all is the “^” Eh? This reminds me of an upward pointed finger for arrogant emphasis.


Nothing saids WTF better than the interrobang.

American Martin K. Speckter conceptualized the interrobang in 1962. As the head of an advertising agency, Speckter believed that advertisements would look better if copywriters conveyed surprised rhetorical questions using a single mark. He proposed the concept of a single punctuation mark in an article in the magazine TYPEtalks. Speckter solicited possible names for the new character from readers. Contenders included rhet, exclarotive, and exclamaquest, but he settled on interrobang. He chose the name to reference the punctuation marks that inspired it: interrogatio is Latin for “a rhetorical question” or “cross-examination”;[5] bang is printers’ slang for the exclamation mark.

With more than a nod to Styx’s Mr. Roboto: No more interrogatio, Mr Roboto.

Another favorite is the ampersand, a stylish conjunction that visually represents the the tired ‘and another thing’ conjunction.


Without having an immediate example, I can think of at least one time where five consecutive punctuations were legitimately used. I’m sure that a comma, parenthesis and closing quote were all uniquely and indivdually involved, with or without the consent of a grammarotologist.

That is all I have to say, for now, until, I have something else to say. Until then, there may be only silence, or something else.


2 thoughts on “Enter The InterroBANG!

  1. Pingback: Punctuation And Misfits | It's Mayur Remember?

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