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The mid sentence question mark

As part of my Master of Style series where i am allowed to write my own rules of grammar, i have decided to allow myself a question mark in the middle of a sentence if i want it. You'll see it below in the Wolverine review. I started with "But you know what, that's good enough for me." but felt like the "you know what" deserved a question mark. But it's just a conversational phrase, not a separate sentence. "But you know what? That's good enough for me." feels too formal. So, the mid sentence question mark. "But you know what?, that's good enough for me."

I was going to expand on this to allow exclamation points as well, but i already kind of do that in way that serves the need, which is putting the exclamation point in parenthesis. "He ran out and chased us off his lawn, his Genghis Khan hat (!) nearly flying off his head due to the speed of his approach." You can't do the same thing with question marks though.

P.S., don't be mad that i'm adding all this extra punctuation. I'm just balancing out the rest of society, which is going the other way.


By fnord12 | January 14, 2014, 10:00 PM | Master of Style | Comments (1)| Link



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