Re: Punctuation character (inverted interrobang) proposed

From: Philippe Verdy (
Date: Wed Oct 19 2005 - 15:17:30 CST

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    I also admit that the interrobang looks like an abbreviation for denoting
    several missing words (or a completely missing sentence), so it's true it
    can't be considered purely as a grammatical puntuation. Most uses of the
    character I saw were in isolated forms (for example in comics bubbles), but
    it can't be used to correctly represent the oral language.

    This character should better be a ideographic symbol, that effectively
    escapes the normal grammatical rules when it is used in a sentence (so no
    need of an inverted form for Spanish, as it is not grammatically correct in
    Spanish either).

    From: "Marion Gunn" <>
    >I have to agree with what John says below.
    > mg
    > Scríobh John Hudson:
    >> ...
    >> I have no major objection to the existence and use of the interrobang in
    >> this expressive
    >> way, and more than I object to Japanese schoolgirls dotting their i's
    >> with hearts. What
    >> I'm objecting to is the claim that it is a 'punctuation mark', which
    >> implies a grammatical
    >> function. Insofar as the interrobang confuses the two distinct
    >> grammatical constructions
    >> normally distinguished by the question and exclamation marks, one could
    >> call it an
    >> anti-punctuation mark; it actually diminishes the grammatical information
    >> available to the
    >> reader.

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