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An admirable point : a brief history of the exclamation mark!

Hazrat, Florence2022
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Few punctuation marks elicit quite as much love or hate as the exclamation mark. It's bubbly and exuberant, an emotional amplifier whose flamboyantly dramatic gesture lets the reader know: here be feelings! Scott Fitzgerald famously stated exclamation marks are like laughing at your own joke; Terry Pratchett had a character say that multiple !!! are a 'sure sign of a diseased mind'. So what's the deal with ! ? This title recuperates the exclamation mark from its much maligned place at the bottom of the punctuation hierarchy. It explores how ! came about in the first place some six hundred years ago, and uncovers the many ways in which ! has left its mark on art, literature, (pop) culture, and just about any sphere of human activity - from Beowulf to spam emails, E.E. cummings to neuroscience.
Author:
Imprint:
London : Profile Books, 2022.
Collation:
176 pages : illustrations (black and white) ; 20 cm
ISBN:
9781800811973 (hbk)
Dewey class:
411
LC class:
P301.5.P86
Local class:
411
Language:
English
BRN:
3220306
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