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(Mental Floss)   Beyond the interrobang: little-known punctuation we should all use. (These all seem really useful.~)   (mentalfloss.com) divider line 43
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2012-10-05 11:40:45 AM  
That's useful and not boring at all .~
 
2012-10-05 11:45:40 AM  
:P
 
Mr. Licky
 
2012-10-05 12:16:09 PM  
(_!_)
 
2012-10-05 12:25:55 PM  
HOLY CRAP that was a waste of life.
DO NOT CLICK THE LINK
 
2012-10-05 02:35:09 PM  
Those are all stupid, doing little more than synergize with the wording to add emphasis while doing nothing to improve clarity.

English needs the preceeding question mark of Spanish. Too many people are poor at letting a reader know a sentence is supposed to be a question until they put the mark at the end.
 
2012-10-05 02:36:32 PM  
In the middle of writing a coporate style manual for work (getting a kick etc.).

The only glyphs not on a standard keyboard that I recommended using were the section sign, copyright sign, and trademark. Nothing else; use ISO 4217 codes for odd currencies, and everything else gets written out.
 
2012-10-05 02:37:23 PM  
This article could have been titled "I just discovered a guy named Herve Bazin! He made emoticons!"
 
2012-10-05 02:38:02 PM  

namatad: HOLY CRAP that was a waste of life.
DO NOT CLICK THE LINK


"^^^"
 
2012-10-05 02:39:47 PM  
Author of the article can't use commas correctly, wants more kinds of punctuation.


No.
 
2012-10-05 02:58:21 PM  
Seussian bullshiat.
 
2012-10-05 03:27:16 PM  
Or you could just use your word-type more better and use normal punctuation notes.
 
2012-10-05 03:32:56 PM  

Tr0mBoNe: That's useful and not boring at all .~


You found that useful‽
 
2012-10-05 03:41:04 PM  
First off, the interrobang is !?, not a single, unreadable character. Whoever thought that was a good idea should have his colon torn out.
 
2012-10-05 03:44:50 PM  
Secondly, half the nation (and I am being generous here) doesn't even know how to properly use the punctuation we have now -- do you seriously wish to give them more to misuse?

I mean, look at the "authority point". Oh, I can't ever see that being misusedwww.mentalfloss.com
 
2012-10-05 03:48:17 PM  

ArcadianRefugee: Whoever thought that was a good idea should have his colon torn out.


That's a bit harsh; why not rip just half of it out?
 
2012-10-05 03:51:40 PM  
What's the point of all this‽
 
2012-10-05 04:11:06 PM  
For the record, Alcanter de Brahm is a great name.
 
2012-10-05 04:29:48 PM  
I thought "interrobang" was when the cops sodomized you with a broom handle during questioning.
 
2012-10-05 04:48:25 PM  
Who the fark doesn't know what the ~ symbol means?
 
2012-10-05 04:50:37 PM  

Solon Isonomia: Who the fark doesn't know what the ~ symbol means?


approximately

or i want to tongue your ass
 
2012-10-05 04:53:36 PM  
Unicode codepoints or GTFO
 
2012-10-05 05:13:40 PM  

ArcadianRefugee: Secondly, half the nation (and I am being generous here) doesn't even know how to properly use the punctuation we have now -- do you seriously wish to give them more to misuse?


This is, a really good point?
 
2012-10-05 05:39:12 PM  

ArcadianRefugee: half the nation (and I am being generous here) doesn't even know how to properly use


But they know how to split infinitives better than Abraham Lincoln split rails, amirite?
 
2012-10-05 05:42:13 PM  
I've been using the tilde for a decade to indicate a sarcastic or facetious comment.
 
2012-10-05 05:59:23 PM  

SevenizGud: ArcadianRefugee: half the nation (and I am being generous here) doesn't even know how to properly use

But they know how to split infinitives better than Abraham Lincoln split rails, amirite?


The whine about split infinitives is about as archaic as horse-drawn carriages. I've never once in my life been confused by someone splitting an infinitive (as opposed to, say, misplacing a comma).
 
2012-10-05 06:15:13 PM  
Certainly not storing that link in my ~

Mental Floss was started by 2 dookies, why i$ it allowed for submission!?

 
2012-10-05 06:48:07 PM  

ArcadianRefugee: First off, the interrobang is !?, not a single, unreadable character. Whoever thought that was a good idea should have his colon torn out.


What if we left him with just a semi-colon?
 
2012-10-05 06:51:29 PM  

ArcadianRefugee: The whine about split infinitives is about as archaic as horse-drawn carriages. I've never once in my life been confused by someone splitting an infinitive (as opposed to, say, misplacing a comma).


Well, when, your, nominal, state, of, confusion, is, 100%, there's, really, nowhere, to, go, is there?
 
2012-10-05 06:53:01 PM  
Isn't interrobang a category on xhamster?
 
2012-10-05 07:01:27 PM  
On Beyond Zebra. . .?

/hmm. . . nice mark for something that might be obscure
//The interrobang is best with the combination of the two symbols with the first one being the emphasis
 
2012-10-05 07:07:13 PM  
ಠ_ಠ
 
2012-10-05 07:23:11 PM  
Oh sure. It's the difference between

"Fourth quarter sales are down 35%!",

versus

"Fourth quarter sales are down 35% (╯°□°)╯︵┻━┻"

/~
 
2012-10-05 07:37:56 PM  
ArcadianRefugee: The whine about split infinitives is about as archaic as horse-drawn carriages.

Actually, the split infinitive is a recent and minority objection that just happened to be preferred by (mostly British) educators on the grounds that split infinitives don't occur in Latin. There's nothing ungrammatical about a split infinitive in English, and there never has been, and through most of the history of what most of us would recognize as 'English' split infinitives have been common, accepted, and part of standard usage.

Similarly, in Latin you can't intelligibly end a sentence with a preposition. In English, you can, and the relatively recent proscription against doing so has nothing to do with English grammar.

However, 'could of' is still a failure. But colloquially, it's not the end of the world.
 
2012-10-05 08:11:27 PM  

ArcadianRefugee: SevenizGud: ArcadianRefugee: half the nation (and I am being generous here) doesn't even know how to properly use

But they know how to split infinitives better than Abraham Lincoln split rails, amirite?

The whine about split infinitives is about as archaic as horse-drawn carriages. I've never once in my life been confused by someone splitting an infinitive (as opposed to, say, misplacing a comma).


This. It's like ending a sentence with a preposition. No one cares (hell, sometimes it's better than torturing your statement, e.g. "Who are you talking to?" vs. "To whom are you talking?") unless the preposition is unnecessary ("Where are you at?" vs. "Where are you?").

/Strunk and White über alles
 
2012-10-05 08:12:29 PM  

RandomAxe: ArcadianRefugee: The whine about split infinitives is about as archaic as horse-drawn carriages.

Actually, the split infinitive is a recent and minority objection that just happened to be preferred by (mostly British) educators on the grounds that split infinitives don't occur in Latin. There's nothing ungrammatical about a split infinitive in English, and there never has been, and through most of the history of what most of us would recognize as 'English' split infinitives have been common, accepted, and part of standard usage.

Similarly, in Latin you can't intelligibly end a sentence with a preposition. In English, you can, and the relatively recent proscription against doing so has nothing to do with English grammar.

However, 'could of' is still a failure. But colloquially, it's not the end of the world.


Ah, I should have read the entire thread before posting.
 
2012-10-05 08:46:14 PM  

RandomAxe:
However, 'could of' is still a failure.


Next you are going to tell me I cain't say "cain't."
 
2012-10-05 09:03:54 PM  
Interrobang? Sounds like something a women would do to get some pillow talk out of you for blackmailing purposes
 
2012-10-05 10:19:52 PM  
I just wanted to point out that "interrobang" sounds like a fairly hot enhanced interrogation technique: "So, Ms. Upton, are you ready to talk yet? No? Goooooooood......"
 
2012-10-05 10:56:06 PM  

AdrienVeidt: English needs the preceeding question mark of Spanish. Too many people are poor at letting a reader know a sentence is supposed to be a question until they put the mark at the end.


¿What's preventing you using it?
 
2012-10-05 10:56:13 PM  
At least you could have given us the damn alt codes for any of them shiatty article and shiatty writer.
 
2012-10-06 12:02:13 AM  

RandomAxe: ArcadianRefugee: The whine about split infinitives is about as archaic as horse-drawn carriages.

Actually, the split infinitive is a recent and minority objection that just happened to be preferred by (mostly British) educators on the grounds that split infinitives don't occur in Latin. There's nothing ungrammatical about a split infinitive in English, and there never has been, and through most of the history of what most of us would recognize as 'English' split infinitives have been common, accepted, and part of standard usage.

Similarly, in Latin you can't intelligibly end a sentence with a preposition. In English, you can, and the relatively recent proscription against doing so has nothing to do with English grammar.

However, 'could of' is still a failure. But colloquially, it's not the end of the world.


In Latina mea separa infinitivos re possum.
 
2012-10-06 08:50:29 AM  

ArcadianRefugee: First off, the interrobang is !?, not a single, unreadable character. Whoever thought that was a good idea should have his colon torn out.


So, an enterobanging?
 
2012-10-06 11:18:18 PM  
When indicating confusion in a text or post, in a not-quite cartoon way, I will use -?-, or -!- for surprise, since one can't really talk in comic-style word balloons. But that's just me. I've never seen anyone else do it.

A couple of the listed marks could be accepted, given time. I've always been fond of the interrobang, both as two marks, and the combined one.
 
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