13 Sept 2012


Jenny Matlock
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I suppose that often in your life you have a big  "question mark" in your head, instead of a creative brain.

That happened to me when I thought about a theme for the letter "Q" ! and suddenly I had the idea ! Do you know where this sign is coming from ?? What would we do without it ? That is a question !

As always when I have questions I google ! That's what I did and now I am proud ! I know why and how the question mark entered in our our texts ! 

The question mark is also known as an interrogation point, interrogation mark, question point, query or eroteme (never heard) ! I never wrote "what do I write today erotene" it looks strange. I learned that the question mark is a punctuation mark that replaces the full stop (period) at the end of an interrogative sentence.  The question mark character is also often used in place of missing or unknown data. Really ?

In the early 13th century, when the growth of communities of schools and universities in  major cities led to an expansion of the book-production trade, punctuation was rationalise.

The symbol is thought to originate from the Latin quaestiō, meaning "question", which was abbreviated during the Middle Ages to qo.

Isn't that interesting "qo" What a great invention ! It's much shorter to type the sign ? then typing qo ! You even find it on your keyboard.

Feeling much better now that I know what ? means, I had the idea of creating a question mark armchair (without arms) ! Like this

But .... somebody had this idea before me and I don't steal if it is not necessary !


diane b said...

Thanks for that you taught me something I didn't know.

Dominique@Dominique's Desk said...

Love the question mark chairs they look really cool.

Rocky Mountain Woman said...

??? guess I never thought much about it! Thanks for the insight and the chairs are cool!

A Lady's Life said...

I like the chair and yes I have lots of question marks in my life.

I think life is a question mark.lol

Susan Anderson said...

I never realized the etymology of this symbol. Thanks for enlightening me!


Loree said...

Fascinating information. Who would have thought that qo=?

Judie said...

Gattina, you answered the ? that I have wondered about for quite a while--and now I know how the ? came into being! Great"Q" post!!

jesh StG said...

LOVE the ook of the Q chairs!

storybeader said...

very neat evolution from quaestio to ? Thanks for the info {:-D

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

You make me laugh while you're teaching me something new!

anitamombanita said...

Cool stuff, Gattina! I had no idea where the symbol came from and now I do!! Thanks!!

Cheryl D. said...

Thanks for sharing your great curiosity and what you discovered with it!

Jenny said...

I didn't know this at all!

What a cool, informative post!

I found this quite fascinating...you have such wonderful curiousity!

Thanks for sharing what you found with us.