These Obscure Punctuation Marks Could Be Put To Good Use

Brilliance | Dec. 14, 2017

The exclamation point can only take you so far in assigning emotion and expression to a written sentence. What if we told you that there's a symbol that indicates sarcasm in text? There's another that denotes skepticism. There are many little-known—and little-used, if ever—punctuation marks that add some more life to the written work. Sorry in advance, most of these aren't offered on your keyboard.

The snark mark is a handy tool for the punchy, edgy writer. Need to indicate a little snark in your sentence? Just throw a tilde (~) after a period to denote that the previous sentence was meant to be snarky. The doubt point is a pointy question mark that indicates skepticism in the question. The acclamation point is two exclamation points that share one dot, which would be used to demonstrate welcome or goodwill. A rhetorical question mark indicates, well, rhetorical questions. It's simply a backwards question mark. The interrobang is a useful one too. See what it looks like, and how to use it in the video below.

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