The secret history of the hashtag, slash, and interurban. This article speaks about the book titled “glyphs” and its exploration into the importance and necessity for glyphs. Although we may not recognize it, glyphs “give intention and structure to a sentence; they help you interpret a piece of text. They tell you when to pause, when to question, when to feel enthused.” The article summarizes the book and mention some of the main glyphs used such as slashes, hashtags, pilcrow, manicule and interrobangs. I had no clue about the last three glyph types which is what made this article so interesting.

My personal favorite glyph is the interrobang which is the combination of a question mark and an exclamation. It was introduced by Martin Speckter in 1962 who pitched it as a ‘typographically eloquent way in which to end a statement that expresses excited disbelief, asks a question in an excited manor, or proposes a rhetorical question. Unfortunately, its popularity died out in the late 60’s and can now only be found in a few fonts such as Palatino.


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