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New and unusual punctuation marks

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Now and again we feel there is a need for some new punctuation marks, so at HN HQ, it was only a matter of time until we came up with a few of our own. Here is our infographic with our favourite eight.

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New and unusual punctuation marks

  1. 1. The rhetorical question mark Pulling-yourleg mark For occasions when no answer is required...and you really need to reinforce that. Just like a wink ;) without implying the reader has messed up in some way. Isn’t this the most insightful, engaging blog you have ever read “I’ve completely rewritten your article.” Subtext: No I didn’t, it’s great!! Accentiser Provocation mark When text demands a regional accent but you lack Mark Twain’s flair for the written idiom. When the question is intended to be especially provocative and so an ordinary “?” isn’t enough. Get off my land becomes “Gerorff moi laaaandd.” Punch-line mark The literary equivalent of a “laugh now” board, this mark reminds readers of their responsibility to be amused. Who will take the second shot in this snooker game? Find out after the break Do you like this symbol: WELL, DO YOU Don’t hold back, we really want to know. Gritted teeth This replaces the full stop, when you’re holding back what you really want to say. Of course this can wait because you’re too busy now Half stop Prepostrophe Whereas a full stop brings things to a close, a half stop indicates you’re not quite done. When you’re too busy earning a living to worry about apostrophe placement and grammar purists. I could write more but I’ve exceeded my word count CD s £5. When asked, “CD’s five-pound what?” you say, “The CD’s five pounds. You want one or not?” Getting your message across #pictuation ©2013 HN Marketing Ltd

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