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Bartholomew
01-06-2007, 10:35 PM
"!?" is used a lot in comic books, despite being grammatically unsound.

Is it inappropriate to use "!?" to express a screamed question?

"What!?"

I've heard different takes on this before; I'll be interested to see what the general consensus over here is.

Freckles
01-06-2007, 10:39 PM
I've actually seen this a lot in books, so my gut feeling is YES!!

But could I be wrong!?

Julie Worth
01-06-2007, 10:54 PM
Don't do it unless you're writing comic books or chic lit. Or if you're a literary agent, in which case you're expected to use many exclamation marks: You've got the read this!!! It's genius!!!!!!!!!

Bartholomew
01-06-2007, 11:56 PM
YOU JUST DON'T UNDERSTAND MY GENIUS!!!

pink lily
01-07-2007, 12:09 AM
Is it inappropriate to use "!?" to express a screamed question?

"What!?"

It's called an "interrobang." It's appropriate to use to indicate a screamed question.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Interrobang

Jamesaritchie
01-07-2007, 01:29 AM
Good Lord NO. Not unless you're writing comic books, and even then it comes across as cheesy.

Do this in a novel or a short story, and every editor I know is going to reach for a rejection. Even using an exclamation mark too often can get you in troube, let alone coupling it with a question mark.

pink lily
01-07-2007, 01:54 AM
Whoopsies. So I was right about what to call it, but wrong about how to use it. My bad.

maestrowork
01-07-2007, 08:12 AM
Oh noooooooooooooo!?!?!?!?

blacbird
01-07-2007, 08:30 AM
No. It ranks with "Pow!" and "Zap!" flashed cartoon-style on the screen in the campy 1960s Batman TV series.

caw

Bartholomew
01-10-2007, 01:27 AM
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Irony_mark

Hm...

Bartholomew
01-10-2007, 01:30 AM
Oh, wow, interesting bit of trivia.


Although it has now fallen into disuse, it is actually correct usage in Spanish to begin a sentence with an opening inverted exclamation mark ('') and end it with a question mark ('?'), or vice-versa, for statements that are questions but also have a clear sense of exclamation or surprise such as: Y t quin te crees? ("Who do you think you are?!")[1].

Anonymous Traveler
01-11-2007, 05:55 AM
Likewise French put the question mark first. Makes a lot more sense, personally. ?Avez vous un.....

ErylRavenwell
01-11-2007, 06:24 AM
Likewise French put the question mark first. Makes a lot more sense, personally. ?Avez vous un.....

Actually, no. Same as English.

Anonymous Traveler
01-11-2007, 06:37 AM
Actually, no. Same as English.

Well, where did I pick up that nasty habit? In Quebec anything is possible (nice word, same in both languages).

veinglory
01-11-2007, 06:39 AM
I've used it exactly once, the situation seemed to call for it.