interrobang

or in·ter·a·bang

[ in-ter-uh-bang ]
/ ɪnˈtɛr əˌbæŋ /

noun

a printed punctuation mark (‽), available only in some typefaces, designed to combine the question mark (?) and the exclamation point (!), indicating a mixture of query and interjection, as after a rhetorical question.

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Origin of interrobang

1965–70, Americanism;interro(gation point) + bang1, printers' slang for an exclamation point
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