Origin of exclamation
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Examples from the Web for exclamation
When the Iraqis resume shouting and wailing at you, Hassan translates every exclamation until you tell him to stop.Whatever You Do Someone Will Die. A Short Story About Impossible Choices in Iraq
Nathan Bradley Bethea
August 31, 2014
But I am very good at turning a question mark into an exclamation point.Philippe Petit’s Moment of Concern Walking the WTC Tightrope
August 8, 2014
Other stories unfurl with giggles and exclamation, but really, read Maupin, or see him on tour.Armistead Maupin Bids Farewell to 'Tales'
February 2, 2014
Exclamation points by themselves in a message from Helmand meant it could very well be a matter of life and death.Why Was Firefighter-Marine Reserve Maj. Jason Brezler Betrayed?
November 19, 2013
He may be known for the Virgule, but the feeling of his new exhibition more closely resembles an exclamation mark.Shoes Fit For A Museum: Roger Vivier’s Virigule Show Opens at Palais De Tokyo
October 2, 2013
That exclamation, of course, removed the supposition entirely.
There was no irreverence in the exclamation that broke from the girl's lips.
The exclamation came from the girl in a note of incredulous astonishment.
But while yet fifty yards distant, Kingozi stopped with an exclamation.The Leopard Woman
Stewart Edward White
The exclamation was sincere: at this moment she thought as she spoke.Tales And Novels, Volume 5 (of 10)
- an abrupt, emphatic, or excited cry or utterance; interjection; ejaculation
- the act of exclaiming
Word Origin and History for exclamation
late 14c., from Middle French exclamation, from Latin exclamationem (nominative exclamatio), noun of action from past participle stem of exclamare "cry out loud" (see exclaim).
The punctuation symbol known as the exclamation point (1824) or exclamation mark (1926) was earliest called an exclamation note or note of exclamation (1650s), earlier note of admiration (1610s). Another name for it was shriek-mark (1864).