I admit it, when the girls were small, we told them a few fibs. We convinced them we had gone on vacation to Texas, that the trip to the miniature pony farm was really to drop them off at an orphanage and that there were two new characters in the alphabet. Yes, they may need therapy someday because of it. It runs in the family, however. My parents convinced me once that spaghetti grew on trees.
Remember the old Ronzoni commercial of the Italian family picking pasta off the trees in the orchard? My parents sent me out of the room before they showed the napkin that said “Spaghetti doesn’t really grow on trees” and subsequently convinced me over time that this is where spaghetti came from.
I’m impressionable. And apparently, stupid. And my parents definitely had a little bit of a mean streak…
So, MR and I had convinced the girls that there were two new letters in the alphabet- CH and PH (as in “Chuck” and “Phone”) I even made up a symbol for them. We had them going for a little while, but (as I’m sure they will agree) they are “smarter” than we are, and figured out it was all a lie.It was fun, though, writing out words with the new alphabet.
When I came across this punctuation mark, I thought someone was pulling my leg. I read it on another blog and it seemed too good to be true. So I Googled it and it seems it’s been around since 1962! Where have you been all my life, Interrobang?!
Dammit. I can’t illustrate the beauty of this punctuation mark in the blog because I can’t figure out the HTML. But it is wondrous. A marriage of exclamation and question mark, it’s like discovering a new sound or the perfect word for a fleeting feeling. The perfect punctuation for such phrases as:
- “You’re seriously wearing that to meet my parents (Insert Interrobang here)”
- “You need how much money for college (Insert Interrobang here)”
- “The dog ate what (Insert Interrobang here)”
- This isn’t toothpaste- what the f*ck is this (Insert Interrobang here)”
I’m trying it out in Microsoft Outlook. I can totally use this in emails to coworkers like:
- “How many times do I actually have to go over this with you (Insert Interrobang here)”
- “You’ve screwed up so many times, how it is you’re still employed here (Insert Interrobang here)”
- You’re taking off again (Insert Interrobang here)”
- “Did you actually read the whole email (Insert Interrobang here)”
Such a useful little punctuation mark. What would you use it for?