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“Love point” and similar marks

In 1966, the French author Hervé Bazin proposed a series of six innovative punctuation marks in his book Plumons l’Oiseau (“Let's pluck the bird”, 1966).<ref>{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=citation }}</ref> These were:<ref>Revised preliminary proposal to encode six punctuation characters introduced by Hervé Bazin in the UCS by Mykyta Yevstifeyev and Karl Pentzlin, Feb. 28, 2012</ref>

  • the “irony point“ or ”irony mark” (point d'ironie: ψ)
  • the “love point” (point d’amour: Point d'amour.svg)
  • the “certitude point” (point de conviction: Point de conviction.svg)
  • the “authority point” (point d’autorité: Point d'autorité.svg)
  • the “acclamation point” (point d’acclamation: Point d'acclamation.svg)
  • the “doubt point” (point de doute: Point de doute.svg)

“question comma”, “exclamation comma”

An international patent application was filed, and published in 1992 under WO number WO9219458,<ref>European Patent Office publication</ref> for two new punctuation marks: the “question comma” and the “exclamation comma”. The question comma is a comma in place of the dot underneath the curve of a question mark, while the exclamation comma has a comma in place of the point at the bottom of an exclamation mark. These were intended for use as question and exclamation marks within a sentence, a function for which normal question and exclamation marks can also be used, but which may be considered obsolescent. The patent application entered into national phase exclusively with Canada, advertised as lapsing in Australia on 27 January 1994<ref>Australian Official Journal of Patents, 27 January 1994</ref> and in Canada on 6 November 1995.<ref>CIPO - Patent - 2102803 - Financial Transactions</ref>


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