Origin of interrogation point
First recorded in 1590–1600
Also called interrogation mark.
- Also called interrogation point, interrogation mark. a mark indicating a question: usually, as in English, the mark (?) placed after a question.
- something unanswered or unknown: His identity is still a question mark to most of us.
- an anglewing butterfly, Polygonia interrogationis, having silver spots shaped like a question mark on the underside of each hind wing.
Origin of question mark
First recorded in 1865–70
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- a less common term for question mark
- the punctuation mark ?, used at the end of questions and in other contexts where doubt or ignorance is implied
- this mark used for any other purpose, as to draw attention to a possible mistake, as in a chess commentary
- an element of doubt or uncertainty
A punctuation mark (?) that follows a direct question: “Is Ralph really seven feet tall?”
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