Interrobang?!

Two punctuation marks used together are called the interrobang. The question mark and the exclamation mark. Really?!

But why together? For a greater impact!

They sound like friends walking hand in hand.

Also known as Interabang.(Just girlfriends maybe)

Interrobang is the combination of the interrogation mark and bang, which is the common name for the exclamation mark.

What is their correct placement? Who comes first? Should that ever be asked among friends? In friendship, all are equal.

In tune with that sentiment, I have encountered the interrobang both ways. The question mark precedes the exclamation mark or vice versa. Possibly the former is more common, as is agreed by the internet community.

How does it make me feel?

Friends. Complicit. Complimentary.

Alone they are good and effective but together their impact is so much more.
A question mark is well, questioning, curious, incredulous.
An exclamation mark is, amazement and excitement, going overboard.
Together they rock!

Technically, they are fused together, the two symbols, to show even greater solidarity. It is called the Glyph.

They can even be used as strings?!?!?!

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(There, I just used a Dinkus)

Interrobang is also a very useful chess notation.

In Chess, the combinations “!?” and “?!” are used to express judgements of particular chess moves. “!?” denotes an “interesting” move, while “?!” denotes a “dubious” move.

Interrobang has been around for quite some time, though still not accepted for formal communication. I have seen it used in Asterix comics. And yes, Tintin too.

Interrobang is informal and fun!

Do you like the interrobang much? How do you use it? Which symbol first?

9 thoughts on “Interrobang?!

  1. Wow this is really cool! I often want to put it as !? but then the spellchecker usually frowns on it and very cravenly I used to give in – but no longer!!!! Thanks so much

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      1. Seeing from the above reply, you still have a doubt?! 😛

        I have mostly used them when asking a rhetorical question or when stating something so obvious, as in, why am I even explaining this!?

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