Friday, December 09, 2005


Does a rhetorical question need a question mark?


Blogger jedimacfan said...

The rhetorical question mark first appeared in the 1580s and was used at the end of a rhetorical question. It was the reverse of an ordinary question mark, so that instead of the main opening pointing back into the sentence, it opened away from it. This usage gradually disappeared in the 1600s.

Source: Wikipedia

But can does the Cow still consider this a reliable source after the recent Wikipedia scandals?

December 09, 2005 9:56 PM  
Blogger Joey Polanski said...

I think that was ... ummm ... a rhtorical question.

Wunt it?

December 10, 2005 12:34 AM  
Blogger Tom Serafini, Actor to the Stars! said...

Greetings, Felon;

Damnit! Polanski beat me to the clever.

Theatre could be fun, but it ain't Hollywood. Can you see through me since I'm so shallow?

December 10, 2005 1:28 AM  
Anonymous Cat said...

Duh. It may be rhetorical but it's still a question. And a question needs a question mark. Or you could just ask this smartass. He seems to have all the asnwers.

December 10, 2005 1:40 AM  
Blogger Radioactive Jam said...

Inverted question mark in rhetoric; metaphysical meltdown immanent.

(sorry if I got the last part wrong, working from a fuzzy Incantation memory here)

December 10, 2005 9:13 AM  
Blogger anaglyph said...


December 10, 2005 10:05 AM  
Blogger Radioactive Jam said...

One byte makes all the difference.

December 10, 2005 1:25 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Does a rhetorical question require an answer?

December 11, 2005 2:41 PM  

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