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Percontation Point

(also known as the Irony Punctuation)

Percontation Point thanks to Martha Matthews

Written English lacks a standard way to mark irony, so in the 1580s English printer Henry Denham proposed the percontation point. It’s rarely used but is a great way to indicate that there is another layer of meaning in a sentence. Use it in an English paper and see the reactions!

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Out of suffering comes creativity. You cannot spell painting without pain. - John Lithgow

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Music is the only language in which you cannot say a mean or sarcastic thing. - John Erskine

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Actions, looks, words and steps form the alphabet by which you may spell character. - Johann Kasper Lavater

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A taste for irony has kept more hearts from breaking than a sense of humor, for it takes irony to appreciate the joke which is on oneself. - Jessamyn West

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