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(Buzzfeed)   Fourteen punctuation marks that you never knew existed. Bonus: snark mark   (buzzfeed.com) divider line 178
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2011-10-26 11:44:33 PM  
OpenSarcasm (new window) has a few things to say about the copyrighted "SarcMark" (different from the "Snark Mark" in the article). They think it sounds like a totally good idea¡
 
2011-10-26 11:45:43 PM  
No flabbergasterisk or stupendapoint?

community.novacaster.com
 
2011-10-26 11:52:53 PM  
I once suffered an asterism after a particularly vigorous bout of interrobanging.
 
2011-10-27 12:01:49 AM  
Oh yeah, the percontation point, like that's a useful punctuation⸮
 
2011-10-27 12:13:54 AM  
I knew about most of those.

The real question is: How many of those exist in modern fonts?
 
2011-10-27 12:34:39 AM  
Well, I knew about most of these from a visual aspect, but, I rarely ever hear "Would you like that file Sheffer Stroke delimited"? But, I am going to totally ask that all the time now.
 
2011-10-27 12:35:44 AM  
The solidus is my beloved virgule.

/virgule
 
2011-10-27 12:37:29 AM  
Interrobang is a great word. It reminds me of someone saying "Oh god? Yes? Yes? Harder? Yesss?"
 
2011-10-27 12:45:09 AM  

Rincewind53: Interrobang is a great word. It reminds me of someone saying "Oh god? Yes? Yes? Harder? Yesss?"


Interrobang would be a great prison porn film. Or a band.
 
2011-10-27 01:01:00 AM  
I'm surprised people wouldn't know about the section mark and the dagger, if they read academic books at all. Also the "pilcrow" though I've always just thought of it as "the paragraph mark."

The "because" thing is common if you do math of any sort, though I wasn't aware you could type it easily. But just like the "upside down A" mark meaning "for all" people would know it. Speaking of which, do they consider that "for all" punctuation? If so, why is it not in this list?

Meanwhile I can type a ⁂ easily enough in Japanese mode (I can make snowmen even, in case I need to make a weather report: ☃) but I didn't know the name of it.
 
2011-10-27 01:02:12 AM  

Snarfangel: No flabbergasterisk or stupendapoint?

[community.novacaster.com image 320x160]


"Flabbergasterisk" is an AWESOME term.
 
2011-10-27 01:10:34 AM  

Sid_6.7: I knew about most of those.

The real question is: How many of those exist in modern fonts?


Dagger, caret, section sign and pilcrow are the ones I can think of.
 
2011-10-27 01:11:39 AM  
interrobang

s3-ec.buzzfed.com

That's where you ask a lot of questions in bed.
 
2011-10-27 01:12:59 AM  
Next up: abandoned letters of English:

Eth: Ð ð (voiced "th" generally)
Thorn: Þ þ (unvoiced "th" generally)
Wynn: Ƿ ƿ (replaced by "uu" then "w", thus double-u not double-v)
Yogh: Ȝ ȝ (replaced by "y" often confused for script "z" thus maintained misspelling of "McKenzie" in Lowland Scots)
 
2011-10-27 01:36:29 AM  
The asterism is awesome.

But my favorite part of TFA was "Exclamation Comma - Just because you're excited about something doesn't mean you have to end the sentence."
 
2011-10-27 02:06:37 AM  
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2011-10-27 02:07:50 AM  

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//oblig
 
2011-10-27 02:18:03 AM  

itazurakko:

Meanwhile I can type a ⁂ easily enough in Japanese mode (I can make snowmen even, in case I need to make a weather report: ☃) but I didn't know the name of it.


Mr. Stay Puft?
 
2011-10-27 04:43:38 AM  
No. I knew about all the ones that really exist--except because. That was new to me. Most of the others are, essentially, jargon--part of the vocabulary of academia, programming, the law or editing--and there's no reason why we would know they exist. But they'll always be new for some.

I'm just grateful this wasn't a 30 part slide show comparing punctuation marks to halloween candy.
 
2011-10-27 05:05:54 AM  

Uncle Wiggly:
I'm just grateful this wasn't a 30 part slide show comparing punctuation marks to halloween candy.


U mad?

< ) candy corn
@~ candy pumpkin
>#< one of those orange or black taffy things no one knows who likes
.........
.........
.........
......... candy dots
(OOOOOOOOO) Necco wafers
>%%%%< one of those sesame chewy things (yum!)
 
2011-10-27 06:23:29 AM  

fusillade762: I once suffered an asterism after a particularly vigorous bout of interrobanging.


I hedera you.
 
2011-10-27 06:24:20 AM  

lohphat: Uncle Wiggly:
I'm just grateful this wasn't a 30 part slide show comparing punctuation marks to halloween candy.

U mad?


Not if it's funny; at least yours is funny.
 
2011-10-27 06:50:19 AM  
Interrobang kind of sounds like it should be the title of a really, really depraved German pornographic film.
 
2011-10-27 06:52:57 AM  
Meh.

Sid_6.7: The real question is: How many of those exist in modern fonts?


Honestly.
 
2011-10-27 06:58:32 AM  
tallguywithglasseson

Lurk moar
 
2011-10-27 06:58:49 AM  
Is there even an ascii code for the exclamation and question commas? Because I want to use them.

See, that previous sentence would have been perfect for the question comma! Then I would have vindicated its inclusion.
 
2011-10-27 07:00:33 AM  

Sid_6.7: I knew about most of those.

The real question is: How many of those exist in modern fonts?


fap fap fap
 
2011-10-27 07:02:31 AM  

itazurakko: I'm surprised people wouldn't know about the section mark and the dagger, if they read academic books at all. Also the "pilcrow" though I've always just thought of it as "the paragraph mark."

The "because" thing is common if you do math of any sort, though I wasn't aware you could type it easily. But just like the "upside down A" mark meaning "for all" people would know it. Speaking of which, do they consider that "for all" punctuation? If so, why is it not in this list?


I'd say a lot of those symbols (the because one, or the section symbol, for instance), really aren't punctuation strictly speaking. So the "for all" symbol might qualify to be on this list given their apparently loose definition, but it is really shorthand, not punctuation.
 
2011-10-27 07:13:16 AM  
Come on, who didn't know about the hedera? Sheesh. I kept expecting to see the semi-colon on the list.
 
2011-10-27 07:16:29 AM  

untaken_name: Come on, who didn't know about the hedera? Sheesh. I kept expecting to see the semi-colon on the list.


We're on Fark. A lot of people here could stand to learn a bit about the basic punctuation marks such as commas, periods and apostrophes.
 
2011-10-27 07:19:12 AM  
Interrobang ‽ is Alt+8253 in the Meiryo font
 
2011-10-27 07:24:02 AM  

Meatzilla: .
  ▲
▲ ▲


I was wondering when one of the candy-asses from /b would show up and shiat on the thread.
 
2011-10-27 07:27:03 AM  
I knew the majority of those. I guess reading old junk has its purposes.
 
2011-10-27 07:27:47 AM  
s3-ec.buzzfed.com
=
www.toughnerdtoys.com
 
2011-10-27 07:28:41 AM  

untaken_name: Come on, who didn't know about the hedera?


www.zuguide.com

Agrees.
 
2011-10-27 07:29:40 AM  

lohphat: Next up: abandoned letters of English:

Eth: Ð ð (voiced "th" generally)
Thorn: Þ þ (unvoiced "th" generally)
Wynn: Ƿ ƿ (replaced by "uu" then "w", thus double-u not double-v)
Yogh: Ȝ ȝ (replaced by "y" often confused for script "z" thus maintained misspelling of "McKenzie" in Lowland Scots)


I went to Iceland earlier this year and they love their Ethes and Thorns. Fun seeing them on road signs everywhere, even if a lot of the language was incomprehensible.
 
2011-10-27 07:31:35 AM  
I use some of those all the time... bit-shift, OR/pipe, anchor/exclusion. I really wish there was an ASCII code for the snark mark, though - it would make my emails much more understandable.

On a side note, I wonder if the Solidus has anything to do with the symbol for Peruvian currency S/.
 
2011-10-27 07:35:46 AM  
I sheffer stroked myself last night.
 
2011-10-27 07:38:47 AM  
"snark mark" = http://www.fark.com/
 
2011-10-27 07:40:48 AM  
A few of these are available in Ariel via the Character Map. Maybe other typefaces too.

/Typeface is a family, font is a size in that family.
 
2011-10-27 07:44:37 AM  
s3-ec.buzzfed.comscm-l3.technorati.com
 
2011-10-27 07:45:22 AM  
I'm familiar with at least half of those. And I was not an English major in college. Did subby drop out of high school? I cannot imagine what sort of mental lightweight would be astonished by the pilcrow or interrobang, or the section sign.
 
2011-10-27 07:51:13 AM  

jso2897: Meatzilla: .
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I was wondering when one of the candy-asses from /b would show up and shiat on the thread.


geeklyworldnews.files.wordpress.com

frowns on your lack of appreciation for the triforce
 
2011-10-27 07:54:48 AM  
Shows up in Unicode fonts when I paste it into notepad, but can't be found in Character Map. Interesting
 
2011-10-27 07:57:25 AM  
(╯°□°)╯︵ ┻━┻
 
2011-10-27 08:03:58 AM  

sgnilward: tallguywithglasseson

Lurk moar


Wow, somebody's is a s3-ec.buzzfed.com mood this morning!

/Lighten up, Francis.
 
2011-10-27 08:06:00 AM  

itazurakko: I'm surprised people wouldn't know about the section mark and the dagger, if they read academic books at all. Also the "pilcrow" though I've always just thought of it as "the paragraph mark."

The "because" thing is common if you do math of any sort, though I wasn't aware you could type it easily. But just like the "upside down A" mark meaning "for all" people would know it. Speaking of which, do they consider that "for all" punctuation? If so, why is it not in this list?

Meanwhile I can type a ⁂ easily enough in Japanese mode (I can make snowmen even, in case I need to make a weather report: ☃) but I didn't know the name of it.


How is it that my browser will properly render the snowman, but it won't properly render a stupid single quote on half the webpages I visit?
 
2011-10-27 08:08:07 AM  
I grew you a ❦
But the drought made it ❧

❡ Looks like the ghey version of ¶

ಠ_ಠ
 
2011-10-27 08:09:16 AM  
What's the point of a "snark mark"? Putting the equivalent of an emoticon into a sentence to show that you're being ironic or sarcastic shows either weakness on your communication skills or a lack of faith in your readers' ability to see what you did there. You may as well put a scrolling marquee of large, red text stating, "THIS IS A JOKE."
 
2011-10-27 08:11:05 AM  
Jokes on you article, I knew the Exclamation Comma existed; I saw it used on a poster two days ago at work.

/I've used Microsoft Word before and have taken a math class above high school algebra so I knew six others.
 
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