While the combination of a question mark and exclamation point can be effectively replaced by using one of each (“She did what?!”), that somehow lacks the punch of throwing these punctuation marks on top of each other to finish your thought. Besides, who among us doesn’t want to say “interrobang” more often?! As far as what not to say, it might be time to give these 16 overused words (and phrases) a rest.
The irony mark, first printed in the mid-1800s, precedes a sentence to indicate its tone before it is read (much like some Spanish punctuation marks). The intent: Beware of crafty double meanings and arched eyebrows to follow. While this backward question mark is relatively young, writers have been proposing irony symbols since the 1600s. These punctuation marks would’ve come in handy in these funny examples of irony in real life.