Saturday, July 26, 2008

What's this? Give the ¿ a name. Win dinner.

What's that thing called? If anything, so far, it's an "upside down question mark", usually found at the beginning of questions in Spanish text. But Emdashes, the New Yorker-loving website, has launched a competition to give it an English name more apt and elegant. It would be nice if a Canadian magophile won the prize, which is dinner for two at the Spanish, Mexican, Ecuadorian, Dominican, &c., restaurant of your choice, or, if you prefer, a beautiful copy of Pablo Neruda's immortal The Book of Questions. The deadline is August 25 and you can enter by e-mail.

Regular readers of this blog will recall that two years ago there was some discussion about the interrobang, a combination of the question and exclamation mark and a close cousin of the thingummy above.

That's us, always on the leading edges of type and usage...


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