Obscure Punctuation: The Interrobang

A post from guest blogger Nick Ballard:

From Wikipedia:

The interrobang (/ɪn’tɛrəbæŋ/) (‽) is a rarely used, nonstandard English-language punctuation mark intended to combine the functions of the question mark (also called the interrogative point) and the exclamation mark (known in printers’ jargon as the bang). The typographical character is a superimposition of those two marks. The same effect is also frequently achieved by placing the exclamation point before or after the question mark; e.g., “How could you do such a thing!?” or “How could you do such a thing?!”

A sentence ending with an interrobang either (1) asks a question in an excited manner, (2) expresses excitement or disbelief in the form of a question, or (3) asks a rhetorical question.

For example:

How much did you spend on those shoes‽
You’re going out with her‽
She did what‽

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3 Responses to Obscure Punctuation: The Interrobang

  1. Anonymous says:

    Any thoughts as to whether this is going to become part of standard punctuation one day?

  2. Brandi Perry says:

    I don’t know. I don’t think it will ever find it’s way into great literature…but I’m sure it is bound to show up in more mainstream fiction. Think about it, did you ever in your wildest dreams think that bling bling would be added to the dictionary?

  3. Brandi Perry says:

    I almost forgot…a big thank you to my fiance Nick for this post.

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