Re: Punctuation character (inverted interrobang) proposed

From: Doug Ewell (
Date: Tue Sep 06 2005 - 22:39:29 CDT

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    Peter Kirk <peterkirk at qaya dot org> wrote:

    > How short-sighted is this grammatical analysis‽

    I like this use case for interrobang much better than the "amazed
    incredulity" scenario. A slang expression like "How cool is this‽"
    really is one part exclamation and one part question. The interrobang
    actually seems fitting there, though I had never before seen it used in
    that context.

    Now, a reasonable question is whether such a construction would ever
    occur in Spanish at all. Spanish slang is not known for its subtlety;
    "your mama sucks doorknobs" is about as coy as it gets. Would a Spanish
    speaker even say something like "¿¡Qué guay es ésto‽" (with an inverted
    ‽) or would that be considered a bit prissy?

    Doug Ewell
    Fullerton, California

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