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    Double punctuation?!

    Discussion in 'Word Mechanics' started by K. A. Solo, Feb 14, 2012.

    Is it ever acceptable punctuation to have both an exclamation mark and a question mark at the end of a sentence?

    For example: "Why didn't you tell me that before I threw it away?!"

    If not, is this how a person would get around that problem: "Why didn't you tell me that before I threw it away?" she screamed. One would use a tag to denote the mood of a question?

    There are times when I want to omit a tag for the sake of rhythm, but if it's completely unacceptable to double punctuate like that, then I shall refrain from doing it.
     
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    Only in used car ads, furniture sale circulars, and comic books.
     
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    While I am sure someone will be along and cite one of the greats, I would call double punctuation lazy writing.
     
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    Is the interrobang acceptable? Yes.

    Is it common? Yes.

    Do I personally like it? No.

    I don’t like, “What did you do?!”

    I prefer, “What did you do!”

    Is that acceptable? Yes.

    Is it common, I don’t know.

    Make no mistake about it. You can use an exclamation point (only) at the end of a question.
     
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    I like this solution. It conveys emotion without having to clutter the question with a tag. Thank you so much!
     
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    It looks amateurish to do the ?! or !? in your writing. Use one or the other, but not both...
     
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    'acceptable' where!?

    not in standard publishing, as far as i know, other than possibly in children's books [?]...
     
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    I don't like using it as a "reliable source", http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Interrobang
    but they do state many times, that the interrobang is an informal punctuation mark.

    Also several places stated it's use is most common in a exclamation and rhetorical question. and one characterized it as "slang".

    "Does it matter?!"
     

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