The Interrobang: What It Is (Awesome) and How to Get It On Your iPhone (Also Awesome) [updated]
What is an interrobang?
See that punctuation mark to the left there? That, my friends, is an interrobang, and an interrobang is "…a nonstandard punctuation mark used in various written languages and intended to combine the functions of the question mark… and the exclamation mark…" (Wikipedia) It was invented in 1962, achieving minor popularity into the 1970s, but it never became a regular feature of the typewriter keyboard, and so we are left nearly bereft of interrobangs today. So true, so sad.
The interrobang is still the gorgeous baby of the ? and !, though, and it is perfect for saying things like:
- What the hell‽
- You're pregnant with whose baby‽
- I'm supposed to do what with this chicken‽
I mean, one can hardly hammer out WTF‽ properly on Twitter without it.
How to Get the Interrobang On Your iPhone
ONE: If you are reading this on your iPhone, copy the following interrobang:
TWO: Go to Settings » General » Keyboard » Text Replacement.
THREE: Click the little "+" symbol in the upper right corner.
FOUR: Paste "‽" next to Phrase, and type "?!" next to Shortcut. Save.
FIVE: Test it out! From now on, every time you type "?!" it will default to "‽".
Is that cool or what‽
The Interrobang On Your Desktop
There are ways to type the interrobang on computer keyboards, but the methods vary depending on your operating system and what version you have, so I just copy and paste interrobangs when I am using my desktop.
Now you know what an interrobang is, how to use one, how to create one, and you can clearly see that is an awesome piece of punctuation which has been unjustly ignored.
Go out and spread the interrobang like a social disease! Amaze your friends! What are you waiting for‽