Interrobang

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An interrobang is defined by Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary as:

Pronunciation: in-'ter-&-"ba[ng]

Function: noun

Etymology: interrogation (point) + bang (printers' slang for exclamation point)

Date: 1967

A punctuation mark <interrobang> designed for use especially at the end of an exclamatory rhetorical question.


I just happen to find this symbol hilarious, primarily because 'interrobang' itself is a naturally amusing sounding word. For whenever an exclamation mark followed by a question mark would just look tacky. To, like, stir discussion, because stagnation is boring: aren't interrobangs awesome(interrobang) Alternatively: list some other amusing words. Go on. Do it. ~Jabberwocky


I rather like floccinaucinihilipilification, but it oftentimes concerns me that a propensity for such verbiage marks me as something of a hyperpolysyllabicsesquipedalianist. ~Translucidity

Now you're just showing off. - Quendalon

Yup... not that I have any right to, really, it's all just the product of Mighty Search-Fu. ~Translucidity

Well, what does an interrobang look like? I thought it was just a " ! " at the end of a sentande. Also, Translucidity, your words are not in my unabridged dictionaries, and therefore do not exist :)


A-ha, trying to floccinaucinihilipilificate my favourite words, are you? Just because your dictionaries don't contain certain obscure words of the uttermost compounded nonsensical natures doesn't mean such words don't exist. ~Translucidity

Mystery poster, an interrobang is like the creepy lovechild of ? and !; it has both the line and the curl superimposed over each other above the dot. - FourWillowsWeeping

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