28 August 2017

There is a name for that?

See if you can guess any of these punctuation marks:

1. In 1962, a punctuation mark was invented which was basically the question mark and the exclamation mark together. It looks like this: ?! It is used to ask mostly rhetorical exclamatory questions. Like – What the heck?!

That symbol has a name. Do you know what it is?

2. Sometimes, in Word, you might have pressed the wrong keys (or maybe you wanted to do it purposely) and you would have seen all those line break and paragraph break symbols come up. The paragraph break symbol looks like this: ¶ (like an opposite P)

Do you know the same of that symbol?

3. Have you seen the following symbol usually used to separate different sections of a story or essay? “§”

Want to guess what it is called?

4. Remember the “divide” sign? “÷” Originally it was used to separate out sections in a story or essay too. And that has its own name.

Do you know it?

5. Sometimes, you might have seen this symbol – † in footnotes. Or might be even ‡

Can you guess what their names are?

Not sure how I got started this evening on this but I was looking up the name for a symbol and then one thing led to the other….



Posted August 28, 2017 by Rajib Roy in category "Word Play

8 COMMENTS :

  1. By Sarani Ghosh on

    Number 2 is paragraph mark or pilcrow symbol it denotes individual paragraph
    Number 3 – is the double S or sectional symbol ..

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  2. By Rajib Roy on

    #1 is Interrobang as Abheek and Sanjib pointed out.
    #2 is indeed Pilcrow a Sarani also pointed out.
    #3 is called the Sectional as both Sarani and Sanjib said
    #4 is an obelus.
    #5 – the symbols are called dagger and double dagger. But Gopal, I have seen the dagger being refered to as obelisk too. So we will accept your answer too.

    Do not know about you – but I certainly learnt a few new words…

    Reply
  3. By rajibroy (Post author) on

    #1 is Interrobang as Abheek and Sanjib pointed out.
    #2 is indeed Pilcrow a Sarani also pointed out.
    #3 is called the Sectional as both Sarani and Sanjib said
    #4 is an obelus.
    #5 – the symbols are called dagger and double dagger. But Gopal, I have seen the dagger being refered to as obelisk too. So we will accept your answer too.

    Do not know about you – but I certainly learnt a few new words…

    Reply

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