Interrobang. Eh?

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Christopher Washer's picture
Joined: 3 Oct 2004 - 7:38am
Interrobang. Eh?
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I know it’s a bit of a dead horse, but I though i might give it a poke.



- Chris

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Joined: 30 Jul 2004 - 1:49pm
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After that last discussion, I was trying to work an interobang into a poster for the advertising department at my school as a joke but was thwarted by the fact that no one knows what it means. It was actually very disappointing to end up with just a plain old question mark.

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Apparently…

‘Interrogatio’ is Latin for ‘question’ or ‘query’; ‘bang’ is printers’ slang for ‘exclamation point’.

From: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Interrobang#History

Ed

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Joined: 5 Jan 2005 - 11:00am
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Also “bang” is used by nerds to describe the exclamation point as well, viz. “bang path” for old UUCP-style internet addresses. See also “hash”, “pound”, “twiddle”, “splat”, etc.

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Joined: 4 Feb 2003 - 6:03pm
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is wikipedia not the coolest thing on the internet!?

;o)

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Joined: 11 Sep 2003 - 9:04am
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I know printers that refer to exclamation marks as screamers

Cheshire Dave's picture
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Joined: 29 Aug 2002 - 11:00am
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The Typophile house band should totally be called The Curly Screamers!

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Hey, is there precedent for calling an exclamation mark a
“bang”? Is that the etymology of “interrobang”?