We might not be using all the punctuation marks available to us already, but The New Yorker wants us to invent some more.
They asked readers to help out, by submitting suggestions. Some examples:
Some drew upon celebrity affectations. From @rockskimmer came the Tilde Swinton, which would precede any sentence that’s to be read with frigid confidence. And @FastLaugh got one, and then some, with his suggestion: “The. Staccato. Is. A. Period. Appearing. After. Every. Word. Alternately. Known. As. The. Captain. James. T. Kirk. Mark.”
And the winner:
But for the winner we went beyond rage and self-absorption to @toddlerlit’s bad-writing apology mark. The bad-writing apology mark is simple: as its inventor explains, it merely requires you to surround a sentence with a pair of tildes when “you’re knowingly using awkward wording but don’t have time to self-edit.”
The bad-writing apology mark, which we’ll call the bwam, was one of several excellent suggestions by the same reader: others included the TUI, or Texting Under the Influence mark, and the self-censorship mark, which lets a writer indicate that there’s more to say but no comfortable way to say it. But the bad-writing apology mark took the crown because it’s in such demand in today’s breathless and poorly composed world. In fact, we’ll use it right here to explain this week’s winner: ~Real comedy mixed with real thinking is rare and and glad to pick it!~ (Source: The New Yorker)
Has this inspired you? What punctuation mark would you find most useful?