Question mark punctuation.

Discussion in 'Linguistics' started by Enmos, Jun 1, 2008.

  1. Enmos Staff Member

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    Why does everyone place the question mark directly behind the last word, instead of inserting a space first ?
    Since the question mark also functions as a full stop I can see the logic in omitting the space, but it is aesthetically unpleasing (to me).

    Same goes for the exclamation mark.
     
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  3. Oli Heute der Enteteich... Registered Senior Member

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    Punctuation always (?) comes directly after a letter.
     
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  5. Enmos Staff Member

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    Yea.. but doesn't it look like shit ?
    Also, when adding the space, the question or exclamation marks stick out more; they are more readily noticed in a text.
     
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  7. Oli Heute der Enteteich... Registered Senior Member

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    I'm the opposite from you (at last!!), I prefer the question mark to come directly after the word.
     
  8. Enmos Staff Member

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    Hmm.. before posting this I looked around here and there; I seem to be the only one that does it.
    It struck me as strange that, in spite of the apparent illiteracy of some people here, these punctuation marks are placed correctly by (as far as I can see) everyone but me.

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  9. Oli Heute der Enteteich... Registered Senior Member

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    Could be from laziness that the semi-literates get it correct.
    One less keystroke...
     
  10. Enmos Staff Member

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    Good point..
    Do you think the way I write them looks weird ? I have become weirdly over-conscious about it now lol
     
  11. Oli Heute der Enteteich... Registered Senior Member

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    No it doesn't look weird.
     
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    I just realized, people do leave a space between the last word and a question mark when writing by hand..
     
  13. EmmZ It's an animal thing Registered Senior Member

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    Is the space before the question mark like a small pause, you know the way we do when talking ? I don't use a space, or rather I didn't, but now I see the charm in it.
     
  14. Enmos Staff Member

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    :thumbsup:

    I just find it more aesthetically pleasing to leave the space.
     
  15. EmmZ It's an animal thing Registered Senior Member

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    And it's all about aesthetics. Definitely.
     
  16. Oli Heute der Enteteich... Registered Senior Member

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    I don't
     
  17. Enmos Staff Member

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    Hmm, maybe it's just my imagination..

    There appear to be spaces:

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    I have to admit that I also came across plenty examples showing no spaces though..
     
  18. Enmos Staff Member

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    Well, I'm now somewhat torn between writing correctly or aesthetically pleasing..
    I think I will go for the latter though

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  19. EmmZ It's an animal thing Registered Senior Member

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    You know what Enmos ? Fuck convention. If you're intelligent enough to know the rules then you're damn well intelligent enough to break them too. And while writing may be a means of communication it's also somewhat of an artform. I think it shows flair and panache when someone can take what they've been taught and origami the fuck out of it.
     
  20. Oli Heute der Enteteich... Registered Senior Member

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    Hear hear :worship:
     
  21. Orleander OH JOY!!!! Valued Senior Member

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    like ee cummings?
     
  22. Oli Heute der Enteteich... Registered Senior Member

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    Oh yeah.
    That guy rocks.
     
  23. EmmZ It's an animal thing Registered Senior Member

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    Is that not like literary opulence poured into a wide brimmed glass and sipped with an olive in front of a roaring fire ? Damn, I can feel my chest becoming taught and my head dizzying even now, years after my first reading of ee cummings.
     

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