National Punctuation Day

September 24, 2012 by  

National Punctuation Day, Questioningly is based on punctuation. Isn’t it? Our name and our mission proceed outward from the question mark. And sometimes Questioningly addresses the matter of punctuation directly, as in a July contest in which we asked readers to invent a new mark. (The winner, in case you have forgotten, was the Bad Writing Apology Mark, which allowed a writer to apologize for shoddy, on-the-fly prose in an e-mail or text.)

These are the reasons, among others, that we celebrate National Punctuation Day each year, which takes place on September 24th.

This year, we’re doing more than celebrating. We’re participating. We are partnering with National Punctuation Day for a special Questioningly. It’s a casual partnership. We’re keeping our own apartment, not moving in yet, seeing where things go. The main reason for the partnership is to bring you this week’s Questioningly challenge: combine two existing pieces of punctuation into a new piece of punctuation. This isn’t exactly the same as the last challenge, which presented readers with a blank canvas and asked them to paint punctuationally. This is solely a mashup exercise: from two, let there be one. Oh, also, you have to name your fused punctuation mark and give some sense of its function. An already existing example is the interrobang, ?!, which conveys excited disbelief. But maybe there should be a ,? mark, which indicates slowness and confusion, or a /\, which indicates disingenuous differentiation between two otherwise similar elements. (What?!) Anyway, you get it. Knock two pieces of punctuation together. Name the resulting ungodly hybrid. That’s your mission.

Then put your answer in a tweet, and don’t forget to include the hashtag #tnyquestion. Questioningly runs Fridays until Monday morning, when we’ll name the best twinned punctuation mark in conjunction with the organizers of National Punctuation Day.

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