"punctuation," 1610s, from Latin interpunctionem (nominative interpunctio) "a putting of points between," noun of action from past participle stem of interpungere "to put points between," from inter- (see inter-) + pungere (see pungent).

Nearby words

  1. interpretive centre,
  2. interpretive semantics,
  3. interprovincial,
  4. interproximal,
  5. interproximal space,
  6. interpupillary,
  7. interquartile range,
  8. interracial,
  9. interracialism,
  10. interradial

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

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