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Obscure Punctuation
my_partner_doug tipped me to this page of obscure punctuation marks.  I knew several of them, but others were new to me.  My favorite is, of course, the last one.  I'd love to have that on a t-shirt.

I pay attention to punctuation in constructed languages too.  One version of my desert language has dashes where the vowels would be, or a spear for a long vowel, with the vowel marker written above the line.  That was the interim between not writing down the vowels at all and writing them as proper letters in line with the consonants.  I also like putting reversed punctuation marks at the beginning of questions or exclamations, as Spanish does, which makes them easier to read.

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the_vulture From: the_vulture Date: October 28th, 2011 06:52 pm (UTC) (Link)
Sweet! I particularly like the different variations of comma. And the snark is a beautiful thing! XD
withoutwords From: withoutwords Date: October 28th, 2011 07:18 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thanks for posting this! And I'm definitely with you on the last one needing to be a t-shirt. :D
fayanora From: fayanora Date: October 28th, 2011 08:42 pm (UTC) (Link)
Cool!

Some of these I know already. I use carets in my handwriting all the time. My handwriting is a dynamic experience I use to work out ideas, and is full of carets, arrows, circles, crossings-out, side notes, and doodles.

OH MY GOD THE EXCLAMATION COMMA I WANT IT NOW!!! And the question comma! (Which reminds me, I want an interrobang, too!) Question and exclamation point commas would be really useful for me. Every time I do dialogue, and so something like ["What was it you wanted to know," she asked], it looks wrong somehow. But using a question mark instead of a comma looks worse. A question mark comma instead of a comma would look better.
From: rhodielady_47 Date: October 29th, 2011 02:10 am (UTC) (Link)
Loved the article--I saved a copy for myself.
Makes you wonder how such punctuation marks ever came into being and then why they aren't used any more.
:)
rowangolightly From: rowangolightly Date: October 29th, 2011 03:05 am (UTC) (Link)
Yeah, I posted about it on Facebook and got *no* reactions whatsoever. Me, I like the Interrobang. It just makes me crack up.
clare_dragonfly From: clare_dragonfly Date: October 29th, 2011 03:25 am (UTC) (Link)
Okay, the hedera is my new favorite pronunciation mark. (And how is it not obvious that the name is relevant? It looks like an ivy leaf!) The Exclamation Comma is pretty awesome too.
clare_dragonfly From: clare_dragonfly Date: October 29th, 2011 03:26 am (UTC) (Link)
Er, punctuation. I do that all the time, not sure why...
clare_dragonfly From: clare_dragonfly Date: October 29th, 2011 03:33 am (UTC) (Link)
And... sorry I keep commenting on your post, but I keep forgetting about things I want to say! XD I agree with you about the reversed punctuation marks that Spanish uses--I think they're awesome. In an earlier version of Talani (the language they speak in the Wasteland), punctuation goes at the beginning of sentences, and I think when I work out the alphabet and how it's written, I might revive that...
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: October 29th, 2011 03:53 am (UTC) (Link)

Thoughts

>>And... sorry I keep commenting on your post, but I keep forgetting about things I want to say! <<

No problem.

>>In an earlier version of Talani (the language they speak in the Wasteland), punctuation goes at the beginning of sentences, and I think when I work out the alphabet and how it's written, I might revive that...<<

That sounds like fun.
mount_oregano From: mount_oregano Date: October 29th, 2011 06:15 pm (UTC) (Link)
I·has·interpunct.

I have a Spanish keyboard, and the interpunct is used in Català, which is one of Spain's official languages. In Català, it's called a "punt volat" or "flying point."

The interpunct is used to separate letters to indicate that they should both be pronounced, like paral·lel.
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: October 29th, 2011 07:35 pm (UTC) (Link)

Yay!

That's really cool. I like that one.
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