Little-Known Punctuation Marks You Might Want to Use

Because sometimes periods, commas, colons, semi-colons, dashes, hyphens, apostrophes, question marks, exclamation points, quotation marks, brackets, parentheses, braces, and ellipses won’t do.

INTERROBANG
interrobang
The interrobang is a combination exclamation point and question mark, and can be replaced by using one of each.

PERCONTATION POINT OR RHETORICAL QUESTION MARK
percontation-point
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.

IRONY MARK
irony-mark
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. 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.

LOVE POINT
love-point
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]

ACCLAMATION POINT
acclamation-point
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 “Viva Las Vegas [acclamationpoint]”

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

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

AUTHORITY POINT
authority-point
Bazin’s authority point “shades your sentence” with a note of expertise, “like a parasol over a sultan.” Likewise, it’s also used to indicate an order or advice that should be taken seriously, as it comes from a voice of authority.

SARCMARK
SarcMark
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-use punctuation mark to emphasize a sarcastic phrase, sentence or message.” Because half the fun of sarcasm is pointing it out [SarcMark].

SNARK MARK
snark-mark
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.

ASTERISM
asterism
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.

EXCLAMATION COMMA & QUESTION COMMA
new-punc
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.

Picture Made of One Million Coffee Beans

Two weeks, 200 kgs of coffee and relentless dedication led to the creation of this record breaking 30 square feet art piece in the form of a mosaic made of coffee beans. Kim Arcadia, the Russian creator of the piece, created this mosaic for the opening of “The Awakening” in Moscow theaters.

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