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Using '!?' or is it '?!'

Discussion in 'Off-Topic' started by Luckymofo, Sep 24, 2006.

  1. Luckymofo

    Luckymofo IncGamers Member

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    Using '!?' or is it '?!'

    I've seen the '!?' thing used when I was reading (gasp!) some books a long time ago. Is the '!?'/'?!' part of correct grammar? I only ask because....

    boredom and curiosity told me to...
     
  2. HockeyChic

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    Where's Dondrei when you need him?!?
     
  3. Veilside

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    Looking a grammar pr0n.
     
  4. HockeyChic

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    What was that?!?
     
  5. Merick

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    ? just means a guard is suspicious, but ! means it's an alert and you're about to lose your radar
     
  7. WhipsmartMcCoy

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    Is it an excited question, or should we question your excitement?
     
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    No wonder that thing is rarely used. It sounds so dirty!

    Interrobang....interro...bang...
     
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    OOOoooOOO!!! Dirty and grammatically correct!
     
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    Hehe, whenever you post right after Evrae, your avatars line up and the little blue guy gets legs. That's amusing me for some reason...
     
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    Yes, that is funny. Let's make it confusing. . .
     
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    LOL That's the first thing I thought of too!
     
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    No, it's not real grammar. So you can put whatever you like, but most people put the question mark first because it seems more natural.

    And if you have a bunch of them together (!?!?!?!?) it's called a ganginterrobang.

    *boom-tish*
     
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    HA!!!!!!
    I knew you'd come along and set the whole thing straight.
    Now, where is that pic of you?
     
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    I put whichever symbol I feel is more prominent first. So if i'm more questioning than astonished, I put the "?" first. Or if I'm more suprised than dumbfounded, i'll put the "!" first. :thumbsup: It is a fine science.
     
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    Agree with the "not proper writing" bit. But I make a distinction between ?! and !? because I think the mark appearing first in that pair is the one that would go naturally at the end of the sentence.

    What did you say?! <-- This is a question, and the ! at the end makes it one asked emphatically, or in shock.

    I think I saw Blasteron post!? <-- This is an emphatic statement, and the ? at the end adds an element of confusion.

    This half-baked punctuation theory © 2006 Peter Durfee
     
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    You're still my hero, Durf. And, posts like this are the reason.
     
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    I think I usually put the exclamation mark first (!?) but intuitively I would think that putting the ? at the end emphasizes the question and putting the ! at the end emphasizes the emphasis.

    Actually I dunno.
     
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    -delete this post-
     
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    I just think !? looks better than ?!.

    And anyone who's played WoW knows that ! starts the quest, ? finishes it. Therefore, it should be !?

    I 5 starred this quest for 'interrobang'.
     

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