Hot or not?
I'd posted a very cool tattoo idea on my Pinterest page; a semi-colon (did you see what I did there) on the back of a girl's neck. The post became popular, which is cool. Which means a decent amount of people think the tattoo idea is awesome. Which means that a lot of people are considering getting it, too. Not cool.
Here's the original tat I'd considered getting:
I really like the idea of getting a chain of punctuation marks in a vertical line. Then I remembered a cute article on Buzzfeed I'd read fairly recently about little-known punctuation marks. A-ha! My favorites so far?
The Asterism has an awesome name, a cool look, and a really lame usage. It’s for indicating minor breaks in text. It can also mean “untitled,” apparently.
Guillemets means “Little Williams,” which is interesting but unhelpful. They’re named after a 16th Century French printer. Their primary role is in non-English languages that use them as quotation marks.
I'm always interjecting Spanish or Portuguese phrases that just don't have the impact in English into my speech. One example: Saudade.
This one’s so cool. It’s like the “Therefore” sign, but upside-down, and it means because.
The best part? If I tattooed both the "because" and "therefore" sign, few people would know what it meant. I'm all about personalized, obscure symbology.
It’s a combo-Exclamation/Question mark, and it’s awesome. It is the glorious punctuational equivalent of saying OMGWTF?!
Also called the Percontation Point and the Irony Mark, this one’s used to indicate that there’s another layer of meaning in a sentence. Usually a sarcastic or ironic one. So it is essentially a tool for smart people to use to make stupid people feel even stupider. Which makes it the best punctuation mark of all.
Irony and sarcasm. The Mother's milk of a native New Yorker. This one is perhaps my favorite one, too.
There are fourteen such little-known punctuation marks in the original article. Some honorable mentions: the Caret, the Dagger (it's pretty neat-looking), the Exclamation and the Question Comma. Read the original Buzzfeed article here.
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