“Bang” is a slang term printers use for an exclamation point. “Interrogatio” is Latin for “cross-examination.” The interrobang is the mash-up of the two used to define a gloriously unnecessary glyph that’s a marriage between a standard exclamation point and a question mark.
The interrobang was invented by a marketing man, Martin Speckter, who thought that his advertisements would look better with surprised, rhetorical questions using single punctuation marks. He was wrong. The interrobang is now considered a non-standard English language character that was in vogue for much of the 1960’s.
I love it anyway and I’m not sure why. It may be because it’s fun to say, or that it’s a typographical relic and I’m on a typography kick. Who knows‽
Are any of you guys geeky enough to have a favorite glyph? (<– not rhetorical and surprised = no interrobang.)