Credo Reference Friday Brainteaser – Punctuation

This week’s brainteaser is about punctuation: those dots, dashes and symbols which help to clarify written or printed material.

1. What is the name for the punctuation mark after “oak” and “elm” in this sentence: “The forest abounds with oak, elm, and beech trees”?

2. What is the British phrase for the punctuation mark which is called a period in American English?

3. What is an interrobang?

4. What does a semicolon look like?

5. When a full stop is used as part of email and website addresses, how is it pronounced?

6. What name is given to the accent over the last letter of the Italian word pietà?

7. Which punctuation mark is used with a noun or pronoun to indicate possession or in a contraction to show where letters have been left out?

8. What name is given to a set of three dots (…) in text?

9. A cedilla is a mark which is put underneath which letter to show that the letter has the sound of s?

10. In the German language, what is the name for the sign formed of two dots printed above a vowel?

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How did you do?

0 – 1 Mmmm, not exactly brilliant.
2 – 5 A reasonable stab.
6 – 8 A good showing. But there’s still room for improvement!
9 – 10 You really know your stuff. Well done!

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