Combining a question mark with an exclamation point yields the interrobang, a form of punctuation that has been around since 1962 but has yet to really catch on.
Consider how it would sound if you were to speak the following requests. You likely would not raise your pitch at the end as you do when you ask a question. You really are not asking someone to do something to which they have the option to reply yes or no; you are making a request that you expect to be met.
May I ask you to please return my call before 5 o’clock.
Will everyone without a ticket please contact the box office by Friday noon.
Could you please send me a list of your core competencies.
Here are four more examples that imply query, but as indirect questions they don’t require a question mark. Contrast them with the true question that follows each: ContinueLike it? Share it!
As a ruthless editor, I’ve long known that you can’t count on spellcheck to ensure your document has error-free spelling, perfect punctuation, accurate subject-verb agreement and flawless finer points of grammar.
That being said, I still use it regularly to catch typos or obvious spelling errors. (Errors by me, a writer and editor by trade? Yes, it happens.) ContinueLike it? Share it!