Monday, June 22, 2009

The Interrobang Pantoum


I learned from my own students about the interrobang. The interrobang was created by an advertising man named Martin K. Specktor. What is and interrobang, you might ask?

The interrobang is when an exclamation point and a question mark overlap. Like this:

"You mean you met Michael Jackson?!?!" 

But instead of having two different pieces of punctuation, it was its own entity. 

I decided to write a poem about the interrobang:

The interrobang's life was short-lived, he said.
Its purpose was pure, but its use was not
and so Martin K. Speckter's invention is dead
which, you know, really make me hot.

Its purpose was pure, but its use was not,
and so 47 years later, I use it now
which, you know, really makes me hot
because punctuation and grammar are wow!

And so 47 years later, I use it now, 
but people don't know what I mean
because punctuation and grammar are wow!
However, lay people's use of it is lean.

But people don't know what I mean
and so, Martin K. Speckter's invention is dead
because punctuation and grammar are wow!
The interrobang's life was short-lived he said.