Subject: Interrobang
From: "J. Ressler" <JRessler -at- ewa-denver -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Tue, 31 Dec 2002 14:19:33 -0700

Last week during trivial conversation I stumbled upon the interrobang, and
it seems ever so useful. I have seen it before, but being young in years, I
don't think I knew how to use it properly.

Is there a way to display this in a word processor, like a series of

Usually, people suggest some sort of keystroke combination for certain
symbols (like when my ? key was broke) yet I can't implement them (the
keystrokes don't work for me). Is there something more I need to do for Word
2000 to recognize them, or is it an HTML thing?

It came up in a conversation about the etymology of the term "bang" for an
exclamation point. Does anyone have any educated insight to this?

For those of you who may not know what an interrobang is, here is the
definition according to Merriam-Webster (

--Etymology: interrogation (point) + bang (printers' slang for exclamation
--Date: 1967
--: a punctuation mark <interrobang> designed for use especially at the end
of an exclamatory rhetorical question

BUT, I also found this at the (often TechWrler endorsed) World Wide Words:

Also, on the front of one our printers (HP) there is another symbol, perhaps
a fancy question mark, or maybe a modern day interrobang? It appears almost
as a backward "S" with a period below it.

Anyone? Bueller? Bueller? Bueller?


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