Re: Punctuation character (inverted interrobang) proposed

From: John Hudson (
Date: Wed Sep 07 2005 - 00:52:30 CDT

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    Gregg Reynolds wrote:

    > Punctuation marks have never been "grammatical". I don't even know what
    > "relates directly to the nuts and bolts of a basic linguistic activity"
    > means.

    I paused several times when writing that particular sentence, worrying about the use of
    the word linguistic, and unsure of the best terminology to express my sense of the
    relationship between punctuation as a subclass of typographical marks and how I compose
    ordered thoughts in language. Now, Gregg, you have provided me with a better term, and I
    can rephrase my view of punctuation as relating directly to the nuts and bolts of a basic
    *rhetorical* activity that has to do with the structuring of ideas in language. My
    objection to the interrobang remains that it ambiguates that which the independent
    question mark and exclamation marks expressly disambiguate. But perhaps this amounts to my
    saying that not making clear whether an utterance is a question or an exclamation is poor

    John Hudson

    Tiro Typeworks
    Vancouver, BC
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    October ferry to Gabriola, by Malcolm Lowry
    A fork in the road, by Anik See

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