What’s an Interrobang?

The long-lost Interrobang symbol...

You might have noticed that we have a weird symbol on our banner after the phrase “Rejecting Logic”. It’s called an interrobang.

So what the frickety-frak is an interrobang?

Before all you sick puppies raise your hands, the actual definition is much more benign than the word sounds.

The good folks at wikipedia have defined it thusly:

The interrobang, (often represented by ?! or !?), is a non-standard punctuation mark used in various written languages and intended to combine the functions of the question mark (also known as an “interrogative point”) and the exclamation point (known in printers’ jargon as the “bang”). The glyph is a superimposition of these two marks.

A sentence ending with an interrobang asks a question in an excited manner, expresses excitement or disbelief in the form of a question, or asks a rhetorical question.

For example:

  • You did what?!
  • You’re pregnant?!
  • What the hell?!

In informal English, the same inflection is usually notated by ending a sentence with a question mark first and then an exclamation point, or vice versa.

We thought it was appropriate to use this kind of punctuation for the banner of our site, since most of what we do here merits the use of an interrobang. Unfortunately the good people at WordPress.com didn’t see fit to include the interrobang in the symbols available to use in posts, but the spirit remains.

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