In an era where sending an emoji is considered a full, well thought out response, the humble period can seem inadequate.
It’s time to punch up your punctuation and start writing words again!
Here are 9 punctuation marks that will really get your point across without needing to choose which kind of smiley face to use.
Besides having an awesome name, interrobang is a mark you won’t think you need until you see it. It combines a question mark with an exclamation mark—?! Example: My boss fired me using an emoji?!
2. Irony Mark
Show off your cleverness, with this mark full of snark in front of your ironic sentences. This will warn other people, ironic and non-ironic alike, that some wit is about to unleash itself.
3. Rhetorical Question Mark
Do you even know what that is? Wait, don’t answer. But, the next time you propose a question which you fully intend to answer yourself, then use this backwards question mark just so everyone is clear.
4. Love Point
Awww. Who wouldn’t get the sweet meaning behind a backward question mark facing a question mark?
The real question is, do you love it? Yes or YES?
5. Acclamation Point
When an exclamation point is not enough, use this mark instead. Twice the punch, twice the passion. Yay!!
6. Doubt Point
Seen this one before? Probably not. If you want to express your skepticism, however, stick this at the end of your question and see if the answer you get is exactly what you expected.
7. Certitude Point
The opposite of the doubt point, the certitude point is used to express your utter and total conviction. Punctuation like this is certain to get your point across. Don’t argue with me on this.
A favorite of teens and other snarky populations, the sarcmark will let others know you are being sarcastic. You’re welcome.
No, this trio of asterisks are not weather predictions of snow. They were once used to break chapters into sub-chapters or split up long texts. It’s more common to see a set of hash marks or asterisks.
Next time you need to communicate, drill deep into how you really want to come across.
Now you have a punctuation mark for your every, very specific, occasion.