Recently, we were apprised of a proposed addition to the world of punctuation: the "ElRey Mark," a symbol that looks a bit like an exclamation point with a dot at each end and is meant to be read a...
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Whether or not they would actually be useful in written communication, the potential for class discussions encouraging engaged and creative out-of-the-box contemplation regarding mechanics, usage, and grammar rules is high.
It might even stimulate a new appreciation for the much more commonly used punctuation marks and their use and abuse.
I'd also suggest that rather than relying upon traditional grammar texts' too often nearly "useless usage explanations" that too often define one unknown term using three more unknown terms as though that encourages kids, while ignoring the annoying factor of having done so, that the real world sounding explanations for these punctuation marks might prove to be better models for palatable explanations.
hmmm... which one of those punctuation marks was described as being for people who like to write crazy-long sentences like the previous one?!
See this cool related article including a few of these as well as a few interesting lesser known punctuation marks not in this article: http://www.buzzfeed.com/expresident/13-punctuation-marks-that-you-never-knew-existed
(though I must admit, the "Section Sign" might generate questionable contemplation of literary devices such as "double entrendes" and "puns.")