Cecelia Watson, in her book Semicolon, references some innovations in punctuation that did not catch on. An example is the punctus percontativus, or rhetorical question mark. Using the symbol of a reversed question mark, it indicated that the question it preceded was rhetorical in intent. In a piece of writing that I enjoyed, Watson descriptively …

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When I discovered the existence of Cecelia Watson’s book Semicolon, it became an automatic purchase. Semicolon, subtitled How a misunderstood punctuation mark can improve your writing, enrich your reading and even change your life provides an overview of the history and usage of a singularly misunderstood piece of punctuation. Having commenced an investigation in order …

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