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Wednesday, 18 August 2004

PATENT OF THE MONTH AUGUST 2004: ARE YOU SERIOUS?!


Do you find you just can’t get the words out? The English language is woefully inadequate and the rules of grammar don’t make an awful lot of sense do they? Than goodness we have concerned citizens like Leonard Storch, Ernst van Hagen and Sigmund Silber. “Who?” the IPKat hears you ask. Well, these three linguistic lads filed this month’s patent of the month (courtesy of patentoftheweek.com), an application for “Two New Punctuation Marks: the Question Comma ? and the Exclamation Comma !” These gramatic gremlins are designed to allow those writing to express a greater degree of inquisitiveness and feeling respectively so as to more closely reflect spoke language.

The IPKat has only one thing to say: ?&$%*!

Proper use of punctuation marks here
More punctuation hybrids here and here
Think you’re so clever? Try out your punctuation precision here

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