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A History of the Exclamation Point!

Exclamation points are useful for communicating emphasis! But where did this punctuation mark come from?! The current running theory is that it comes from Latin. In Latin, the exclamation of joy was io, where the i was written above the o. And, since all their letters were written as capitals, an I with an o below it looks [...]

Sarcastic Font

Like Ford Prefect from The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, a lot of people just don’t pick up on sarcasm. People have proposed various solutions, such as a new punctuation mark. Another is the use of reversed italics — tilting text to the left instead of the right. Like this: There’s an online movement…well, a just [...]

Sarcasm Punctuation Mark

A US company has created a punctuation mark that it hopes will be used to express sarcasm. It can be downloaded for a small charge and then inserted into documents with a Ctrl key command. The company proposes that the SarcMark can be used to avoid confusion in emails: Anyone concerned that the irony of their [...]