punctuation mark


Definition of punctuation mark

: any of various standardized marks or signs used in punctuation
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The typical movie title in the 1980s had 0.13 punctuation marks and special characters… but in the 2010s these doubled to 0.25. Dan Kopf, Quartzy, "American movie titles: Now, with more punctuation!," 29 June 2019 In literacy, kindergarten students should know how stories and poems are the same or different; how to identify uppercase and lowercase letters; and how to recognize punctuation marks and many common words. James Vaznis, BostonGlobe.com, "In Brookline, there’s a worry that kindergarten has lost its joy," 9 July 2019 There are an increasing number of movies with not just one, but two punctuation marks! Dan Kopf, Quartzy, "American movie titles: Now, with more punctuation!," 29 June 2019 Rose Lavelle, a slender 23-year-old midfielder and master ball-handler, acts as a kind of team punctuation mark, moving into spaces to slow down or speed things up to make sense of the action around her. Rachel Bachman, WSJ, "Rock Star U.S. Women’s Soccer Team Makes World Cup," 15 Oct. 2018 Between them, Bembo; his publisher, Aldus Manutius; and Manutius’s type maker, Francesco Griffo, were introducing the world to a new punctuation mark: the semicolon. Christopher Tayler, Harper's magazine, "New Books," 24 June 2019 The interior forms a nice surface, but the wire frame acts as an abrupt punctuation mark. Quanta Magazine, "Math Duo Maps the Infinite Terrain of Minimal Surfaces," 12 Mar. 2019 Years of rampant use have both diluted the punctuation mark’s meaning and inflated its significance. Katherine Bindley, WSJ, "The Tyranny of the Exclamation Point Is Causing Email and Text Anxiety," 13 Aug. 2018 Any skiving student worth their salt knows the usual tricks to make an essay look longer: use larger punctuation marks and spaces, mess around with the margins, maybe even try to creep up to a larger font size. Chaim Gartenberg, The Verge, "Times Newer Roman is a sneaky font designed to make your essays look longer," 18 Sep. 2018

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First Known Use of punctuation mark

1849, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of punctuation mark

: any one of the marks (such as a period, comma, or question mark) used to divide a piece of writing into sentences, clauses, etc.

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Kids Definition of punctuation mark

: any one of the marks (as a period, comma, or question mark) used in writing to make the meaning clear and separate parts (as clauses and sentences)

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a period when something is suspended

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