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Percontation Point

(also known as the Irony Punctuation)

Percontation Point thanks to Martha Matthews

Written English lacks a standard way to mark irony, so in the 1580s English printer Henry Denham proposed the percontation point. It’s rarely used but is a great way to indicate that there is another layer of meaning in a sentence. Use it in an English paper and see the reactions!

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Dance is the hidden language of the soul. - Martha Graham

Good sayings are like pearls strung together. - Chinese Proverb

Synonym Bun: What a thesaurus eats for breakfast - Unknown

National Sarcasm Society. Like we need your support! - Unknown

Life is a foreign language; all men mispronounce it. - Christopher Morley

Language exerts hidden power, like a moon on the tides. - Rita Mae Brown

We are all here for a spell; get all the good laughs you can. - Will Rogers

We need a president who's fluent in at least one language. - Buck Henry

You're not a star until they can spell your name in Karachi. - Humphrey Bogart

I don't give a damn for a man that can only spell a word one way. - Mark Twain

England and America are two countries separated by a common language. - George Bernard Shaw

Kindness is the language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see. - Mark Twain

Our waking hours form the text of our lives, our dreams, the commentary. - Unknown

The first 40 years of life give us the text; the next 30 supply the commentary. - Arthur Schopenhauer

Three problems we have: lack of boundaries, insufficient language, incompletions. - Thomas Leonard

Humor is everywhere in that there's irony in just about anything a human does. - Bill Nye

We really have everything in common with America nowadays except, of course, language. - Oscar Wilde

Great literature is simply language charged with meaning to the utmost possible degree. - Ezra Pound

Never make fun of someone who speaks broken English. It means they know another language. - H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

Humor brings insight and tolerance. Irony brings a deeper and less friendly understanding. - Agnes Repplier

A person's name is, to that person, the sweetest, most important sound in any language. - Dale Carnegie

Language is our meeting place, the sea we live in…it is the common ground of our humanity. - Toby Wolfe

It's a strange world of language in which skating on thin ice can get you into hot water. - Franklin P. Jones

I want flowers, I don't want to text. What does that make me? What kind of dinosaur am I? - Jennifer Garner

German is the most extravagantly ugly language - it sounds like someone using a sick bag on a 747. - Willy Rushton

The names of colors are at the edge, between where language fails and where it's at its most powerful. - A.S. Byatt

The irony of the matter is that the future generations do not have a vote. In effect, we hold their proxy. - Charles J Hitch

Violence of language leads to violence of action. Angry men seldom fight if their tongues do not lead the fray. - Charles V Roman

A dinosaur out of context is like a character without a story. Worse than that, the character suffers from amnesia. - Jack Horner

Already, companies that speak in the language of the pitch, the dog-and-pony show, are no longer speaking to anyone. - Unknown

If the English language made any sense, 'lackadaisical' would have something to do with a shortage of flowers. - Doug Larson

He respects Owl, because you can't help respecting anybody who can spell TUESDAY, even if he doesn't spell it right. - A. A. Milne

The nine most terrifying words in the English language are,
"I'm from the government and I'm here to help." - Ronald Reagan

The wise man is but a clever infant, spelling letters from a hieroglyphical prophetic book, the lexicon of which lies in eternity. - Thomas Carlyle

If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his language, that goes to his heart. - Nelson Mandela

Heard about the young deaf boy who used sign language?
One day he told his mother a dirty joke and she washed his hands out with soap. - Red Skelton

A taste for irony has kept more hearts from breaking than a sense of humor, for it takes irony to appreciate the joke which is on oneself. - Jessamyn West

Good content should be at the heart of your strategy, but it is equally important to keep the display context of that content in mind as well. - Tim Frick

Wise sayings are not only for ornament, but for action and business, having a point or edge, whereby knots in business are pierced and discovered. - Lord Francis Bacon

Mathematicians are like Frenchmen: whatever you say to them they translate into their own language and forthwith it is something entirely different. - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe


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