13 Little-Known Punctuation Marks We Should Be Using

Hello there, lovely readers. Hoping you are having a great Sunday afternoon; it is, after all, a day of rest and relaxation.

Some years ago, I came across this article on Mental Floss, which is a great trivia site. I find trivia a great conversation filler and starter as well, so head on there and check it out.

Yesterday, I remembered it, and I  said, “This I have to share.” As a writer, I tend to use a lot of words to describe a point, or resort to using emojis and emoticons to drive a something home. Most of the time, I feel they are not enough to describe what I really feel, and they are not text 😝😝😝

Either that or I’m weird 😂😂.

I hope they will one day be implemented and help us beautify (key word, hope) our written language, though a keyboard overhaul will be necessary. That will probably take ages to happen. Enjoy anyway 😝;)

For the original article, click here.

So, here goes….

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1. INTERROBANG

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You probably already know the interrobang, thanks to its excellent moniker and increasing popularity. Though the combination exclamation point and question mark can be replaced by using one of each (You did what!?), it’s fun to see the single glyph getting a little more love lately.

2. PERCONTATION POINT OR RHETORICAL QUESTION MARK

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The backward question mark was proposed by Henry Denham in 1580 as an end to a rhetorical question, and was used until the early 1600s.
I see this will be used quite frequently in chat groups and philosophical debates 😄😄

3. IRONY MARK

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It looks a lot like the percontation point, but the irony mark’s location is a bit different, as it is smaller, elevated, and precedes a statement to indicate its intent before it is read. For example,  [irony mark]  how can I love you when I do not love myself. (for lack of a better example, dont kill me please 😂😂).

Alcanter de Brahm introduced the idea in the 19th century, and in 1966 French author Hervé Bazin proposed a similar glyph in his book, Plumons l’Oiseau, along with 5 other innovative marks.

4. LOVE POINT

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Among Bazin’s proposed new punctuation was the love point, made of two question marks, one mirrored, that share a point.

The intended use, of course, was to denote a statement of affection or love, as in “Happy anniversary [love point]” or “I have warm fuzzies [love point]”
And these would suddenly be a thing of nostalgic memory… ❤ and ❤

5. ACCLAMATION POINT

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Bazin described this mark as “the stylistic representation of those two little flags that float above the tour bus when a president comes to town.”

Acclamation is a “demonstration of goodwill or welcome,” so you could use it to say “I’m so happy to see you [acclamationpoint]” or “Happy Birthday [acclamationpoint]”

I would use this everyday, everywhere.

6. CERTITUDE POINT

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Need to say something with unwavering conviction? End your declaration with the certitude point, another of Bazin’s designs.

Like, ” My name is Edwin Matundura Omobe [certitude point] ”

7. DOUBT POINT

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This is the opposite of the certitude point, and thus is used to end a sentence with a note of skepticism.

John: I’ll wire you the money through M-Pesa
James: Are you sure[doubt point]

8. AUTHORITY POINT

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Bazin’s authority point “shades your sentence” with a note of expertise, “like a parasol over a sultan.” Mothers world wide would gladly attach it to their favourite saying, “Because I said so [authority point]”



Likewise, it’s also used to indicate an order or advice that should be taken seriously, as it comes from a voice of authority. Again, mothers. “Because I said so [authority point]”, because we all know what happens if we dont listen to that voice of authority.

9. SARCMARK

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The SarcMark (short for “sarcasm mark”) was invented, copyrighted and trademarked by Paul Sak, and while it hasn’t seen widespread use, Sak markets it as “The official, easy-to-usepunctuation mark to emphasize a sarcastic phrase, sentence or message.”

Because half the fun of sarcasm is pointing it out [SarcMark].

10. SNARK MARK

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This, like the copyrighted SarcMark, is used to indicate that a sentence should be understood beyond the literal meaning. Unlike the SarcMark, this one is copyright free and easy to type: it’s just a period followed by a tilde.

Makes me remember Rafiki’s voice, “Look beyond what you see…”

11. ASTERISM

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This cool-looking but little-used piece of punctuation used to be the divider between subchapters in books or to indicate minor breaks in a long text. It’s almost obsolete, since books typically now use three asterisks in a row to break within chapters (***) or simply skip an extra line.

It seems a shame to waste such a great little mark, though. Maybe we should bring this one back. All in favour, say aye 🙋.
12 & 13. EXCLAMATION COMMA & QUESTION COMMA

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Now you can be excited or inquisitive without having to end a sentence! A Canadian patent was filed for these in 1992, but it lapsed in 1995, so use them freely, but not too often.Would probably be overbearing on the eyes…
[asterism]                        

So, would you want these marks put into our written language or not? The choice is yours, for me, they’d really ease the writing process for me 😂😂

Have a great week ahead [acclamation point]

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