When it comes to punctuation marks, the interrobang has by far the coolest name. But like its function, the word interrobang came from a merging of two words based on its two roles within a sentence.
In this day and age when emojis and memes are an integral part of virtual communication, it’s tempting to write with symbols instead of words. Just because it’s more fun doesn’t mean it’s accurate.
Yes, I’m talking about the ampersand.
If punctuation had personality, the period would be the logical one, the comma calculated, the semi-colon the rambler and the colon attention-grabbing.
And the ellipsis? That’s our mysterious one.
What is the ellipsis holding back? What words will we never see in that quoted passage? And why were those words dropped in the first place?
Most importantly, how do we use the ellipsis correctly? Keep reading.
Is it really okay to intentionally split an infinitive? That all depends on how you feel after reading the previous sentence.
Hyphens, en dashes, em dashes — oh my! Let’s get the three versions of the dash straight once and for all.