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These Obscure Punctuation Marks Could Be Put To Good Use

The exclamation point can only take you so far in assigning emotion and expression to a written sentence. What if we told you that there's a symbol that indicates sarcasm in text? There's another that denotes skepticism. There are many little-known—and little-used, if ever—punctuation marks that add some more life to the written work. Sorry in advance, most of these aren't offered on your keyboard.

The snark mark is a handy tool for the punchy, edgy writer. Need to indicate a little snark in your sentence? Just throw a tilde (~) after a period to denote that the previous sentence was meant to be snarky. The doubt point is a pointy question mark that indicates skepticism in the question. The acclamation point is two exclamation points that share one dot, which would be used to demonstrate welcome or goodwill. A rhetorical question mark indicates, well, rhetorical questions. It's simply a backwards question mark. The interrobang is a useful one too. See what it looks like, and how to use it in the video below.

What On Earth Is An Interrobang?

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  1. The interrobang is the symbol that combines the question mark with the exclamation point. 00:07

  2. The interrobang punctuation mark was invented by a New York copywriter in 1962. 00:34

  3. The interrobang punctuation mark was almost called the "exclamaquest." 00:55

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