The interrobang punctuation mark has a modern, but noble, history dating back to 1962. It is, of course, a question mark and exclamation mark combined (‘bang’ is a printer’s name for exclamation mark). Take a second to reflect on how this might be useful. How often (especially during instant messaging conversations, texts and emails) do you end a sentence with !?!?!? to show a surprised query?
Queries like ‘do you want a punch in the face!?‘ and ‘what’s the point?!‘ would benefit from the interrobang. Unfortunately, it’s not always available within the font we’re using.
Sadly, not all browsers support the character, so even if you can get it showing for yourself, it might just fail to appear (or show as a square box) in other people’s browsers. In web design, the HTML character entities you can use are ‽ or ‽ but as I say, they may not work for some people.
In word processed documents, some fonts can give you a decent interrobang (please tell me you don’t write in the default font? Don’t you think Times New Roman is tired?!) but knowing which keys on your keyboard to hit to make the interrobang appear is very hard. Arial and Palatino Linotype should have it.
It’s easier to type ] or ` or ^ and then select that character, and change the font to Wingdings 2. You can then decide which looks best. (Obviously, Wingdings 2 characters only work for people who have the Wingdings 2 font installed on their computer. PDFing documents may embed the character nicely for you.)
I used an interrobang on our company intranet today, but as everyone uses IE, how do you think I got it to work? I hacked together an image, a graphic of it. It’s a cheat, but I really wanted to use it, so there you go. Don’t you think it’s a great characterWedge]