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?

Aren't you curious?!

Key Facts In This Video

  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

25 Crazy Facts About Languages

You can't have punctuation without language.

Key Facts In This Video

  1. South Africa has more official languages than any other country at 11. 00:35

  2. Frisian is supposedly the easiest foreign language for English speakers to learn. 01:50

  3. Cryptophasia is the name for the secret language spoken by twins. 02:27

Written by Curiosity Staff October 17, 2016

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