Every so often, you come across an article that makes you laugh out loud (we’re a bit too old to LOL) and this one is no exception. In it, the writer has identified eight new punctuation marks that can only enhance our literary offerings and it went round HN HQ like wildfire. Once we’d picked out a few favourites, it was only a matter of time until we came up with a few of our own. We’ll be revealing a new punctuation mark each day.
We’ve spent hours slaving over these punctuation marks — or pictuation marks as we prefer to call them… OK, so we haven’t — the slightly frivolous nature of the task meant we deployed a slimmed-down approach to our research:
1. Think of something amusing
2. Google it to see if someone has already thought of it
3. Click on a non-Wiki link (that makes it detailed research)
And this threw up some surprising results. For example, a printer named Henry Denham beat Carey to her rhetorical question mark by more than 400 years. Sadly, its use died out in the 17th century, but we’re happy to pay homage to a kindred spirit and revive it as the first of our pictuation marks.
What this exercise has shown us is that it’s sometimes quite a challenge to fully express ourselves, even with the wealth of vocabulary and punctuation available to us. And that’s where our copywriting team can help.
We hope you enjoyed these — here is the full infographic. And why not come up with a few definitions of your own? Just use the #pictuation tag and we’ll post the best ones.
Here’s the code if you want to put this infographic on your website: