Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A punctuation mark (‽) in the form of a question mark superimposed on an exclamation point, used to end a simultaneous question and exclamation.

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  • noun The symbol (combination of ? and !).

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[interro(gation point) + bang, exclamation point (printers' slang).]

Examples

  • (All that said, the interrobang is on my short list of non-standard punctuation most likely to become standard in the next few decades, if people ever agree on what it signals.)

    Archive 2008-05-01

  • A single character combining a question mark and an exclamation - called an interrobang - didn't catch on because it doesn't read well in small sizes and never made it to standard keyboards, while, thanks to email addresses, the @, also known as an amphora, has become ubiquitous.

    NPR Topics: News

  • A single character combining a question mark and an exclamation - called an interrobang - didn't catch on because it doesn't read well in small sizes and never made it to standard keyboards, while, thanks to email addresses, the @, also known as an amphora, has become ubiquitous.

    NPR Topics: News

  • Enough type designers have liked the idea (or, more probably, the name "interrobang") that Unicode reserves space for this mark and its Spanish inverse.

    Archive 2008-05-01

  • According to the etymology in Webster's 11th Collegiate for "interrobang" first attested 1967, two years before the date Wikipedia gives for Unix it's a piece of old printer's slang.

    UNIX Geekery Warning

  • Actually, make that a interrobang Harrelson said well, he didn't actually say "interrobang," but it's way too cool a word to pass up, insisting that "The A-Team" was going to be one "helluva" good movie when those question marks get erased.

    ‘A-Team’ Movie Still A Question Mark For Woody Harrelson » MTV Movies Blog

  • Speckter called his invention the "interrobang," a neologism that combines "interrogation" with "bang" (printer-speak for the exclamation mark).

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  • Speckter called his invention the "interrobang," a neologism that combines "interrogation" with "bang" (printer-speak for the exclamation mark).

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  • Speckter called his invention the "interrobang," a neologism that combines "interrogation" with "bang" (printer-speak for the exclamation mark).

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  • The interrobang was in vogue for much of the 1960s, with the word "interrobang" appearing in some dictionaries and the mark itself being featured in magazine and newspaper articles.

    Daring Fireball

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  • This word, and the interrobang symbol, rock. Don't you agree‽

    December 10, 2006

  • Do I‽

    February 11, 2007

  • This is pretty much the best word I've learned in a while.

    April 13, 2007

  • "American Martin K. Speckter concocted the interrobang itself in 1962. As the head of an advertising agency, Speckter believed that advertisements would look better if advertising copywriters conveyed surprised queries using a single mark. He proposed the concept of a single punctuation mark in an article in the magazine TYPEtalks. Speckter solicited possible names for the new character from readers. Contenders included rhet, exclarotive, and exclamaquest, but he settled on interrobang. He chose the name to reference the punctuation marks that inspired it. Interrogatio is Latin for "a rhetorical question" or "cross-examination"; bang is printers' slang for "exclamation point". 1 The French equivalent is "point exclarrogatif", expressing a similar idea - the fusion between "point d'interrogation" (?) and "point d'exclamation" (!)."

    April 13, 2007

  • WHAT IS THIS‽

    November 7, 2007

  • Also known as the quexclamation marnt, it combines two punctuation marks in a single new symbol , obtainable by using HTML code ‽

    November 7, 2007

  • OK, well last time I tried to edit an existing comment o' mine, I just nuked it, so the HTML code thingie is &_#_8_2_5_3_; without the underscores, natch.

    November 7, 2007

  • Let's see, ampersand, plus pound, plus... ‽

    Hey! It worked!

    November 7, 2007

  • If this were on my keyboard I'd be twice as efficient.

    November 7, 2007

  • Nothing like typing seven characters just for the convenience of getting two-in-one. ;-)

    November 8, 2007