Synergies flow: the Interrobang, Quomma and Queriod for typewriter lovers! munk July 24, 2018 From the Desk of Reverend Munk, Typography 9 Comments
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Hmm…starcent. I like it, has a sci-fi look to it. I enjoyed this one.
My quest for a Remington with the interrobang continues. I’m thinking of taking one of my parts pica slugs for a ? and putting it on a parts elite machine to see if I can make a clearer interrobang. silver soldering is easy; the fixture to accurately hold the slug is difficult.
This reminds me of a prank April fools email that I circulated to contacts back in the very early 2000’s before social media. I created this fictitious news article of a university professor who came up with abbreviations for common letter combinations like ‘th’, ‘gh’, ‘ph’ and others. The idea was to us letters in their place in order to save space on the page as well as cut the time to type out those combinations in half.
If gh=9, th=7 & ph=4 then
dough is typed as dou9 or thought as 7ou9t or graph as gra4.
In the article which went out on a lost email account somewhere, I had created a long example that was essentially a long winded paragraph letting the reader know that they had been led into an April fools joke.
By reading another article on the 99% Invisible pod-cast I discovered another great typewriter punctuation mark that is meaningful and useful.
It is the “Andorsand” (and-or-sign): ̲& .
It is easy to create on a typewriter. Instead of writing “and/or” in one’s typing, you type: Ampersand (Shift-7 usually) + Backspace + Underscore (Shift-6 on many typewriters) ̲& Underscore + Backspace + Ampersand.
The underscore is from mathematical statements such as greater-than OR equal to (≥).
It is much harder to create on a computer: Ampersand + 0332 (Unicode) + (Alt + X) ̲& 0332 + (Alt + X) + Ampersand. In this comment field I had to use the latter sequence in MSWord (in which it doesn’t look correct), and then copy & paste into the comment field (in which it then looks correct).
Long live the queriod: ̎. ; quomma: ̎, ; andorsand: ̲& ; & interrabang ‽
The new punctuation marks looked right in the comment field, but not so much so after posting. Typewriters rule‽
to note: HTML textarea fields are rendered with a monospaced font, while the published comments are rendered in a proportional font. Also, thanks for noting the Andorsand! :D
Never heard of the andorsand, but Jim Pennington has a machine with an &/or character:
How about / overlapping with @ —meaning “not at,” used in expressions such as “I’m /@ my computer right now, I’m @ the typewriter.”
Oooh, I *like* it! adding the Notat to the list! (:
Nice typeface on that ’48 QDL nevertheless!