On another note, I’ve just today undertaken my own series of experiments with the sarcasm mark, unfortunately ending in frustration:
Also, I have a proposal for distinguishing ironic questions from ironic statements by giving them separate marks:
Have I reinvented the wheel here?
As an avowed interrobang booster, I might have to lean in the direction of “yes”; I suspect that Martin K. Speckter’s mark already fills that niche. Even so, Rudi’s experiments in punctuation are a bracing reminder that the technological constraints that stymied many early attempts at creating new marks have now all but disappeared: we can design, disseminate and discuss new marks in a way unthinkable only a few decades ago. It begs the question: where are all the new marks of punctuation?
I must say thanks to Rudi for his email, and do hop over to his site for more on punctuation, music, photography, and a host of other topics.
We think it’s a underused and underrated piece of interesting punctuation and is due a comeback. We like how it asks a question with exclamation – we’d like to think the music will do similar.
So there you are! Thanks to Andy for fielding my questions.