It's actually a version of bingo!
But, as noted in the wikipedia articles, some feel that explicitly indicating when text is meant ironically defeats its purpose; irony is supposed to make you think.
1: The 'Het ironieteken van de CPNB' one the right: https://nl.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ironieteken
Is that, in itself, irony?
?! - Shock and confusion "Apple did what?!"
/s - Sarcasm "wow, I'm happy /s"
(?) - Doubt "I think Mark said we was done (?)"
(!) - Drawing extra attention, maybe belittling: "He wore sandals(!)"
even though it drives me crazy, it shows that special punctuation is unnecessary. people can just keep doing that awful thing, and there's no real ambiguity.
If you have access to formatting, a similar way of achieving the same thing would be to italicise "think"
Also, this site doesn't let you copy text...WTF developers?
> this site doesn't let you copy text
Being generous here, presumably people still pull this kind of ridiculous crap to prevent uninformed users from "stealing" their IP. I guess they must be smart enough to know that if it's rendering as text, anyone can access and copy it.
Blanket banning of text selection is a habit I've seen with developers who live in a touchscreen-heavy bubble, and who feel that users have no reason to select text at all unless explicitly enabled by the developer.
> As citizens of the technology era, there is an undeniable need for optimal clarity in our writing.
There, I copied that quote from their website (by disabling the relevant CSS); one example of a totally valid reason for wanting to select text.
Many sites presenting informational content about unicode content do the same, as they cannot presume the user will see the unicode symbols rendered natively in their browser.
Essentially everything (for me, at least) after the question comma is generally parenthetic in nature.
Having thought a bit about it, I'd say it's the question version of a semi-colon.
Well, yeah, since the difference between a comma and a semi-colon is the latter joins independent clauses, it is necessarily the case that any semi-colon use for joining (as opposed to its use in, e.g., lists) can be replaced by a period, you just lose the indication that the two independent clauses are tightly associated.
most of those marks only have any cause to exist at all because people are so stuffy about punctuation, unless you wrote "The Dispossessed."
Upon looking at them, a dot intuitively ends a sentence. A dot with a line intuitively ends a sentence with emphasis, and a dot with a meandering line questions.
From that perspective a question mark really does indicate uncertainty and possibly a question.
It's definitely “real” in the sense of being in actual use in the wild with a clear and well-understood meaning.
It'd help as much as a new meme on the internet helps the world.
It's a slideshow-style listicle (These 10 Punctuation Marks Will Blow Your Mind!), forces you to click to the next one, and makes you scroll to see an example usage for each punctuation mark.
It's this: http://progressivepunctuation.com/assets/img/concrete-wall-h...
They fit in a certain kind of personal communication, and maybe horrifyingly into some literature, but they don't fit in a lot of places.
I'm ok using emoji with my girlfriend or if I'm trying to be sarcastic or ridiculous, but that's a rather narrow set of my communication. In short it's difficult to show decorum and use emoji. There's nothing wrong with silliness unless you can't do anything else.
We are in a situation where written language use is different and more extensive than days past and it's weakness in English shows. It's difficult to express yourself properly in many situations and while emoji are one way, little cute pictures don't fit the communication gaps.
(the characters are more abstract than most emoji, but only most)
The download link just a font that uses the Unicode Private Use Area to display each of these glyphs, which is particularly disappointing for interrobang which I know has an entry at U+203D, but I'm not sure about the rest of them?
Lojban, a constructed language, has a very interesting feature: attitudinals: https://en.wikibooks.org/wiki/Lojban/Attitudinals
An example from Wikipedia:
mlatu .ui (a cat! yay!)
English has also attitudinals however they belong to informal speech.
None of the internet's fads or memes deserve to be preserved in punctuation rules. This is a joke.
(nb. There's a missing "sarcastic sentence device", but I don't know where to put it, when it applies to a piece of punctuation.)
Took me a while to figure out that "trigraph" was referring to some part of "??!?!!?!????" and not "WTF".
Aw hell, I'll just mark up my text with a bunch of musical punctuation. Throw pianos and fortes all over everything.