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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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Monogamy: A synonym for monotony. - Gregory Nunn

Irony is the hygiene of the mind. - Elizabeth Bibesco

A riot is the language of the unheard. - Martin Luther King, Jr.

Poetry is what gets lost in translation. - Robert Frost

People use irony as a defense mechanism. - David Byrne

I believe in God, only I spell it Nature. - Frank Lloyd Wright

Dance is the hidden language of the soul. - Martha Graham

Music is the universal language of mankind. - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Think I'm sarcastic? Watch me pretend to care. - Unknown

Life is a foreign language; all men mispronounce it. - Christopher Morley

The art of communication is the language of leadership. - James Humes

Sarcasm - because beating the crap out of people is illegal. - Unknown

Two fundamental literary qualities: supernaturalism and irony. - Charles Baudelaire

To a child's ear, 'mother' is magic in any language. - Arlene Benedict

Changes in language often reflect the changing values of a culture. - Ravi Zacharias

Silence is the language of God; it is also the language of the heart. - Sivananda

Dreams say what they mean, but they don't say it in daytime language. - Gail Godwin

The first 40 years of life give us the text; the next 30 supply the commentary. - Arthur Schopenhauer

No one has a finer command of language than the person who keeps his mouth shut. - Sam Rayburn

Three problems we have: lack of boundaries, insufficient language, incompletions. - Thomas Leonard

A synonym is a word you use when you can't spell the first word you thought of. - Burt Bacharach

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

I personally think we developed language because of our deep inner need to complain. - Jane Wagner

We really have everything in common with America nowadays except, of course, language. - Oscar Wilde

Never make fun of someone who speaks broken English. It means they know another language. - H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

Humor brings insight and tolerance. Irony brings a deeper and less friendly understanding. - Agnes Repplier

Officialese: A government language where you can understand the words, but not the sentences - Daffynitions joe-ks.com

Sometimes I have kept my feelings to myself, because I could find no language to describe them in. - Jane Austen

Human language appears to be a unique phenomenon, without significant analogue in the animal world. - Noam Chomsky

Although he tortures the English language, he has not yet succeeded in forcing it to reveal its meaning. - J B Morton

The longest word in the English language is the one following the phrase, "And now a word from our sponsor." - Hal Eaton

The protean nature of the computer is such that it can act like a machine or like a language to be shaped and exploited. - Alan Kay

The ability to speak several languages is an asset, but the ability to keep your mouth shut in any language is priceless. - Unknown

The nine most terrifying words in the English language are,
"I'm from the government and I'm here to help." - Ronald Reagan

Always try to use the language so as to make quite clear what you mean and make sure your sentence couldn't mean anything else. - C S Lewis

If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his language, that goes to his heart. - Nelson Mandela

"I am" is reportedly the shortest sentence in the English language. Could it be that "I do" is the longest sentence? - George Carlin

The best managers figure out how to get great outcomes by setting the appropriate context, rather than by trying to control their people. - Reed Hastings

Isn't it ironic? We ignore the ones who adore us; adore the ones who ignore us; love the ones who hurt us; and hurt the ones that love us. - Unknown

He had a sense of irony that ruled his life, made it impossible for him to use his considerable brains in any kind of serious job. Kind of like me. - Neal Stephenson


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