Merry Grammarmas to all and to all a goodnight!

27 Jun

Hmmm. That’s odd. It’s June 27. It’s 80 degrees out, perfect beach weather, and I’m drinking an iced coffee. However, I had to check five different technologies to make sure it wasn’t December 25. Today feels like Christmas. Then I realized, today is not Christmas; it must be Grammarmas! You won’t want to sit next to your fireplace, drink hot chocolate, and sing carols. Instead you’ll want to read some Strunk and White and speak only in Iambic Pentameter. This Grammarmas, I got the best presents from Grammar Claus and I want to share them with you.

While perusing the Internet this morning at work, I found a buried treasure of obscure and unusual punctuation. Thank you, Grammar Claus! This is the best Grammarmas present ever! I was so excited as I was reading about their various uses. Believe it or not, it was more exciting than the day that the English Department gives out the course offerings pamphlet for the following semester. It was quite the challenge at work as I could barely contain myself with delight. I needed to take a break so I could calm down and get a tissue to wipe away the tears of joy that were welling up in my eyes.

I won’t make this any more suspenseful for you, as I am sure you are dying to see these punctuation presents. They will be sure to warm your heart as they did mine. I only included my favorite ones because I didn’t want to overwhelm you.


This is the Irony Point. It is a backwards question mark. How cool is that! It is used to indicate that the sentence is meant to be understood on a second level. In other words, you could use this when the sentence contains an element of irony or even sarcasm. No, that’s not cool at all؟


This is the Love Point. So basically, I would use this after every sentence describing these new punctuation marks. 🙂 Before I go on, I want to warn you that these are the marks really caused me to need to take a breather. I completely encourage you to read on, but when you collapse onto the floor, don’t say I didn’t warn you.


This is called the Exclamation Comma. It is the beloved child of the exclamation point and the comma. You use it when you want to show excitement, but you don’t want to finish the sentence.


The Question Comma is the inquisitive cousin of the exclamation comma.


This punctuation is called the Interrobang.  I’m sure you can guess how you would use this one. This is the exact punctuation I would have use when I discovered all of these marks. (“Whatttt?!?!?? THERE’S MORE?!?!?”)

  As you may know, the semicolon used to be my favorite punctuation mark. I’m sorry, semicolon, but we’re done. We had a long relationship that lasted many years. You helped me add dynamic to my writing with varying sentence structure. You worked so well with words like however and therefore and complicated items in a series. Unfortunately, it seems as if our love affair has come to an end. I realized that there is so much more interesting punctuation out there. I am sure you’ll find another gramatician that you will make very happy.

Merry Grammarmas everyone! I hope you enjoyed these wonderful grammar presents.

45 Responses to “Merry Grammarmas to all and to all a goodnight!”

  1. erlessard 27 June 2012 at 4:34 pm #

    Wow, good info to know. I’ve never even heard of any of these.

  2. Sheikh. Amna Rafiq 27 June 2012 at 4:38 pm #

    Loved it !!!… 🙂

  3. caymayowrites 27 June 2012 at 4:47 pm #


  4. John 27 June 2012 at 4:56 pm #

    English is already the toughest, most complex language (so I am told), yet we add to it? Never seen these before! 🙂

  5. tryingtowriteit 27 June 2012 at 4:59 pm #

    Loved this. Just loved it. The semi-colon “used” to be my favourite too.

  6. cross(stitch)yourheart 27 June 2012 at 5:07 pm #

    There are no words to describe how awesome these are. I fully intend to make an obscure grammar day lesson using these for my classes in the fall. You’ve made my day!

  7. Michelle 27 June 2012 at 5:13 pm #

    Brilliant. Loved this. 🙂

  8. befaster 27 June 2012 at 6:43 pm #

    Looks like the semicolon just got shafted for the exciting, motorbike-riding, wild, tatooed gang of grammar marks. Poor little semicolon, I shed a tear for you; however you will be a solid, secure, and faithful mark that will keep libraries filled for many more years to come.

    (great post, really enjoyed it! I’m going to send this to my English major friends, I’m sure they’ll love trying to incorporate them into their essays next school year.)

  9. barbaraannwright 27 June 2012 at 7:03 pm #

    It’s over 100 degrees where I live. I couldn’t get past your 80 degree weather. WANT!

  10. hkollef 27 June 2012 at 7:06 pm #

    ! Why aren’t these on my keyboard? I would like to use them in everything I write from now on.

  11. organaut 27 June 2012 at 8:07 pm #

    Ha, awesome, I only knew about the interrobang!

  12. elsethenomad 27 June 2012 at 8:24 pm #

    Is this real life?! I am so obsessed with this right now.

  13. trixiec67 27 June 2012 at 8:41 pm #

    My English teacher in high school told me of the interrobang. I loved using it when typewriters exited. Now, how on earth can you “type” it on a computer?!

  14. Bill 27 June 2012 at 8:57 pm #

    Those are the most unusable punctuations that I will probably never use. Thank you for them. (I know the grammar ain’t what it should be but it bests describes the symbols that I’m sure I’ll never see.) Keep ’em comin, I love your BLOG. POP

    • BernBabyBern 27 June 2012 at 9:03 pm #

      I know! It’s even harder to use them when they aren’t on a keyboard. Love you Pop!

  15. shermangerherd 27 June 2012 at 9:11 pm #

    I am thinking you found another? I mean, SOOO many people have to put a question mark at the end of every statement? I see this a lot from the left coast? You do know what I mean!

  16. I Wrecked These Eyes Reading 27 June 2012 at 9:58 pm #

    More punctuations tattoo ideas to add to my body. The interrobang is the best, but I am extremely partial to the exclamation comma. Also, the love point is just too adorable for words.

  17. luckycoop 27 June 2012 at 10:29 pm #

    You certainly have a talent for making grammar amusing, and that is no easy task! Some people can get really nasty when it comes to grammar, so props to you for keeping it clean.

    Keep up the good work.


  18. Tara 28 June 2012 at 12:01 am #

    Oh my gosh, when you said you were excited about punctuation I almost rolled my eyes. However, when you presented these amazing marks, I got all excited. They ARE amazing! Thanks for sharing.

  19. posimage 28 June 2012 at 2:07 am #

    These are great … not sure there is anyway I could use them with people endlessly trying to correct me – that could get really really dreary! Love this blog!

  20. shieram 28 June 2012 at 2:46 am #

    I think fell in love with the Interrobang a long ago, even before I knew his name. 😀 Love the post!

  21. Amaya Ramiel 28 June 2012 at 4:56 am #

    I quite loved your post. I’ve been saying the same thing for years, ever since I found out about these punctuation marks. Why aren’t they more popular‽

  22. crazykindness 28 June 2012 at 6:00 am #

    I love reading your blog, thank you!

  23. Lois 28 June 2012 at 6:00 am #

    My particular favourite is the interrobang.

  24. Borderline Muse 28 June 2012 at 10:21 am #

    Thank you for following my blog!Funny that you’re a grammar Nazi.I don’t particularly have a perfect grammar but I try. =D

    I’m a little obsessed with interrobang myself. My favorite expression is “SERIOUSLY?!?!?!” =D

  25. CrakGenius 28 June 2012 at 4:42 pm #

    I am in LOVE with the irony mark! I have often said (and I’m being quite serious here, often, as in once per day) that there needs to be a font or something for sarcasm. Because 90% of my facebook “friends” can’t tell sarcasm when I type it. Now I have an irony mark! If… only… there was an alt code so I could actually type it and not be forced to cut and paste it? Anyone? It appears to be outside the range allowed to just hold ALT and type the Unicode. 😦 That saddens me more than I can tell you.

  26. joyfullyrenewed 28 June 2012 at 9:51 pm #

    Oh my goodness! I think I might be in love with Grammarmas! Now if only I could figure out how to incorporate the interrobang into each of my posts…

  27. lawsinium 29 June 2012 at 12:07 am #

    Wow …. i love the way how you put semicolon to life …. you are genius ….. I have been researching the origin of the english language for quite awhile but never encountered these obscure punctuations …. interesting ¡

  28. epiphany michele 29 June 2012 at 10:15 am #

    How fascinating! This was a lot like Christmas! Here’s hoping it can happen more than once a year. 😉

  29. sheena 29 June 2012 at 9:52 pm #

    I love your blog. It makes reading about grammar such an enjoyable experience.Now if only these were also available on the keyboard.

    Do continue the enlightenment.

  30. Carol 30 June 2012 at 8:02 pm #

    These are so great, but can you tell me how to get them on my keyboard, please?

  31. greyhousejournal 30 June 2012 at 9:09 pm #

    What fun, where has such punctuation been hiding all these years? But how does one keyboard these? There’s probably some obscure combination of keys to make these. Or not. Enjoy your blog immensely.

  32. mtthwpytnsmth 2 July 2012 at 7:34 pm #

    I am all over the exclamation comma. That’s great. Just wait until the people who think I overuse commas see me overuse THOSE. Yesss.

    Also, you might like a book I’m reading called “When You Catch An Adjective, Kill It.” It’s about parts of speech, but stillll.

  33. wordzly 2 July 2012 at 10:53 pm #

    I can’t believe I missed Grammarmas! At least I have all these sexy new punctuation marks to cheer me up. The true judge of a person’s character is how excited they get over grammar. I’d say yours is just the right amount of excitement.

  34. manty67 3 July 2012 at 12:19 pm #

    Thanks for the follow, I’m looking forward to reading more of your posts. X

  35. Ninjadoc 3 July 2012 at 12:50 pm #

    Too funny! If only the keyboard were so modifiable, I’d be dropping those left and right!

  36. laveeir17 4 July 2012 at 2:30 am #

    I’d love to try those new punctuation marks. A witty read. =)

  37. mrsfever 4 July 2012 at 3:32 am #

    The interjection is most definitely my favorite part of speech, and the interrobang is the most awesome piece of punctuation on the planet.

  38. dianewrites 5 July 2012 at 8:06 am #

    Never encountered those punctuations too 🙂 My favorite would be ……… 😀
    I’m interested in the left inverted question mark. Wish I have that in my keyboard now.

  39. panoramaofthoughts 15 July 2012 at 3:45 am #

    very interesting indeed!

  40. saltchronicles 15 July 2012 at 6:33 pm #

    All hail the Interrobang. Genius. I want one. On my keyboard. Now.
    Love your blog.

  41. Teepee12 18 August 2012 at 1:29 am #

    Reblogged this on Serendipity and commented:
    An irony mark! This is something for which I’ve searched for years! And it exists, it’s real! My editorial roots are all tingling with excitement. This is big, really huge. My world just became a better place!

  42. Richard Harrison 20 August 2012 at 9:56 am #

    And now to get it into the appropriate reply form:

    I think a petition should be started to get the interrobang into the standard dictionary (whatever that may be these days). It tracks so well with the contemporary adjective orgy. Awesomely brilliant Dude!!! SCORE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  43. Rutvi 2 March 2017 at 9:00 pm #



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