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frostblossoms
05-11-2012, 06:42 AM
Hi everyone,

I'm new to the forums but I was wondering if anyone could point me to some real-world examples of either the interrobang or irony mark being used in a book (one that doesn't discuss use of punctuation). This is for an urgent project --- so if you know page numbers/authors, that would be even better!

I'd be interested in seeing which authors have tried to implement these marks as intended... thanks!

If you could PM me that would be great. I appreciate your help.

blacbird
05-11-2012, 11:40 AM
I have never seen an interrobang in print anywhere, except in discussions of whether or not one should use an interrobang.

One should not.

caw

Kerosene
05-11-2012, 11:43 AM
I learned more proper things today.

I wouldn't use them anyway. Many people, like me, wouldn't know what they meant.

But thanks for forcing me onto Wiki.:Clap:

Fallen
05-11-2012, 12:31 PM
What kind of urgent project? A school / college one?

Susan Littlefield
05-11-2012, 06:19 PM
What kind of urgent project? A school / college one?

My question exactly.

RobJ
05-11-2012, 06:40 PM
I don't have the books to hand right now, but the following information should be correct, from notes I made some time ago. Is this what you want?


For '!?' try Jeff Noon's Vurt, published in 1993.

Page 13: 'Is it good!? Oh come on!'

Page 20: 'He's got it!? Mandy!'


For '?!' try The Book of Chameleons, by Jose Eduardo Agualusa, published in 2004.

Page 18: 'Indeed! And why is that?!...'

Page 18: 'White? Me?!' The albino choked.

Page 18: 'What?!'

Page 23: 'Have you seen this?!' He was walking to me. 'So now what am I supposed to do?'

Page 33: 'You're a virgin?!'

veinglory
05-11-2012, 06:57 PM
If this is a school/college project you are meant to look for them yourself.

RobJ
05-11-2012, 07:14 PM
(Language warning)

Another example, from Rape: A Love Story, by Joyce Carol Oates, published in 2003:

Page 41: Whereya goin' you little cunt?!

Page 54: Who knows what was going on in that park in the middle of the night?!

acelticdream
05-11-2012, 07:20 PM
Well, I learned something new today ... never knew that ?! had a name.

Is ?! the same as !?, or does the latter not even exist?

I can see instances where ?! might be needed ... a shouted question, like "huh?!" ... but would be used extremely sparingly (like once a book type thing LOL).

Once!
05-12-2012, 12:48 AM
Or just about any good chess book.

!? = an interesting move. It may not be 100% correct, but there is something to commend it.

?! = a dubious move. It may not be 100% wrong, but you shouldn't play it.

Alessandra Kelley
05-12-2012, 12:53 AM
The only places I have ever seen interrobangs used were selfconsciously typographical art journals.

veinglory
05-12-2012, 12:56 AM
I would only consider it an 'interrobang' if the ! and ? are typed directly on top of each other.

Alessandra Kelley
05-12-2012, 01:01 AM
Yes. An interrobang is a single punctuation mark, a question mark and an exclamation point joined at the dot.

A simple ?! or !? is not an interrobang.

AnWulf
05-22-2012, 08:56 AM
Yes. An interrobang is a single punctuation mark, a question mark and an exclamation point joined at the dot.

A simple ?! or !? is not an interrobang.

True, it looks like this: ‽

acelticdream
05-25-2012, 06:38 AM
Ooooooh! Never seen one of those thingys before! :Shrug:

jeffo20
05-25-2012, 06:01 PM
I personally prefer either !? or ?! to the 'official' interrobang. They just look better.