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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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The eyes have one language everywhere. - George Herbert

People use irony as a defense mechanism. - David Byrne

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

I'm not into cartoons. That's the irony of it. - Gary Larson

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

Real programmers can write assembly code in any language. - Larry Wall

From even the greatest of horrors, irony is seldom absent. - H P Lovecraft

Leadership is the capacity to translate vision into reality. - Warren G Bennis

Two fundamental literary qualities: supernaturalism and irony. - Charles Baudelaire

An animal's eyes have the power to speak a great language. - Martin Buber

To a child's ear, 'mother' is magic in any language. - Arlene Benedict

Reality can be lost when reason and language have been violated. - Ravi Zacharias

Retire? I can't spell the word. I'd play in a wheelchair. - Keith Richards

The four most beautiful words in our common language: I told you so. - Gore Vidal

Silence is the language of God; it is also the language of the heart. - Sivananda

Irony: 1. Being witty at all costs; 2. A vegetarian catching swine flu. - Daffynitions joe-ks.com

Dreams say what they mean, but they don't say it in daytime language. - Gail Godwin

Symptoms are the body's mother tongue; signs are in a foreign language. - John Brown

No one has a finer command of language than the person who keeps his mouth shut. - Sam Rayburn

Irony is the form of paradox. Paradox is what is good and great at the same time. - Karl W F Schlegel

Actions, looks, words and steps form the alphabet by which you may spell character. - Johann Kasper Lavater

Language: The blood of the soul into which thoughts run, and out of which they grow - Daffynitions joe-ks.com

Clap an extinguisher upon your irony if you are unhappily blessed with a vein of it. - Charles Lamb

The first man to use abusive language instead of his fists was the founder of civilization. - Sigmund Freud

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

Human language appears to be a unique phenomenon, without significant analogue in the animal world. - Noam Chomsky

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

Language, identity, place, home: these are all of a piece - just different elements of belonging and not-belonging. - Jhumpa Lahiri

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

Thanksgiving is the language of heaven, and we had better start to learn it if we are not to be mere dumb aliens there. - AJ Gossip

The protean nature of the computer is such that it can act like a machine or like a language to be shaped and exploited. - Alan Kay

The ability to speak several languages is an asset, but the ability to keep your mouth shut in any language is priceless. - Unknown

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

Music expresses feeling and thought, without language; it was below and before speech, and it is above and beyond all words. - Robert G Ingersoll

The symbolic language of the crucifixion is the death of the old paradigm; resurrection is a leap into a whole new way of thinking. - Deepak Chopra

The great thing about irony is that it splits things apart, gets up above them so we can see the flaws and hypocrisies and duplicates. - David F Wallace

"I am" is reportedly the shortest sentence in the English language. Could it be that "I do" is the longest sentence? - George Carlin

Life is too ironic to fully understand. It takes sadness to know what happiness is; noise to appreciate silence; and absence to value presence. - Unknown


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