|From:||John Cowan <cowan@...>|
|Date:||Thursday, December 3, 1998, 18:04|
Nik Taylor scripsit:
> The exlamation mark (!) comes from "lo", with the "l" on top of the "o",
That's "io" or "IO", not "lo". "Io" is the latin joy attitudinal.
> and the question mark (?) comes, IINM, from Latin "quo", think of a
> distorted "q" on top of an "o".
I've heard these theories as well, but I suspect the view that the
dot in "!" and "?" is just what it appears to be, a period,
is more plausible. OTOH the notion that the upper part of "?"
is a modified Q seems reasonable.
John Cowan http://www.ccil.org/~cowan email@example.com
You tollerday donsk? N. You tolkatiff scowegian? Nn.
You spigotty anglease? Nnn. You phonio saxo? Nnnn.
Clear all so! 'Tis a Jute.... (Finnegans Wake 16.5)