Punctuation Day is happening this week, so it’s time to take a look at the marks we use to convey emotion and give structure to our sentences.
But things are changing. Is the humble slash becoming a word? What’s an interrobang? And what new punctuation marks do we really need?
Linguist Daniel Midgley makes his mark on this episode of Talk the Talk.
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But on some level, don’t you find punctuation interesting? No‽ Perhaps it will after this podcast. And if not, it’s still fun to hear Ben clawing for the exits when we veer too close to typography for his liking.
In this week’s podcast, I agitate for a question mark for downward intonation. Here’s the ad that sparked my quest.
Is she being charmingly evasive, or did she just not hear you? With the regular ol’ question mark, there’s no way to be sure. But use the downward pointing arrow, and
Now you get her gist, ¿do you not?
‘Talk Like a Pirate Day’ is just soooo mainstream.
It’s Punctuation Day!
This episode brought to you by these 14 marks.
Slash! The conjunction
Punctuation marks we need
The SarcMark: This implementation is not a good idea.
Why not try the reversed question mark instead?
Everyone should use interrobangs. Right‽
The Toblerone ad. It says “What?”, but it needs to say “What▾”.
How did the exclamation point get to be that way?
Not everyone likes them.
The question mark has a history.
So does the at-sign.
In Spanish, you can use @ to be gender-neutral.
The creepy Northampton clown induces coulrophobia in onlookers.
The author of the Online Etymological Dictionary isn’t impressed with that word.
‘Silver Surfer, Ghost Rider Go!!!’ by Trentemøller
from the album Into the Great Wide Yonder
‘Answers and Questions’ by Earlimart
from the album Mentor Tormentor