Trivia

Hard

Which Punctuation Mark Didn’t Have A Dedicated Key Until The 1970s?

The Comma
The Exclamation Point
The Apostrophe
The Question Mark
A large exclamation point.
Jason Fitzpatrick

Answer: The Exclamation Point

The exclamation point was introduced in the 15th century by printers looking for a way to denote a sense of wonderment, admiration, or exclamation with a punctuation mark. The mark itself is believed to be derived from the Latin io, which was an exclamation of joy. Over time, the “i” was placed over the “o”, the “o” shrunk in size, and by the time the printers adopted the symbol, they simply stylized the shape of it. The mark has remained in continuous use, although with variations in meaning and usage, ever since. Despite its lengthy history of use, it wasn’t until a century after the introduction of the typewriter that the exclamation point got a dedicated key.

Prior to the mid-1970s, typists who wanted to insert an exclamation point into their text were forced to type a period, hit the backspace key, and strike an apostrophe over the period to form a makeshift exclamation point.

Bonus Keyboard Trivia: Other characters that were, historically, given the cold shoulder by typewriter designers include the numbers “one” and “zero”. Early typists used the lowercase L and the uppercase O to denote 1 and 0.

Trivia

Hard

The First President To Officially Pardon A Thanksgiving Turkey Was?

Trivia

Easy

The First Man In Space Was?

Trivia

Easy

Food Allergies Are An Inflammatory Reaction To What Compound In The Food?

Trivia

Hard

Magic Smoke Is A Tongue-In-Cheek Term For Smoke Produced By?

Trivia

Hard

Around The World, It Is Traditional To Include What When Giving A Knife As A Gift?

Trivia

Hard

Who Coined The Term “Battery” To Describe An Electrical Storage Unit?

Trivia

Hard

Which Of These Colors Appears Least Frequently In National Flags Around The World?

Trivia

Very Hard

Which Of These Films Ushered In The Golden Age Of 3D Movies?

Trivia

Hard

The “Ten-Gallon” Cowboy Hat Derives Its Name From?

Trivia

Hard

What Popular Online Reference Tool Predates The First Web Browser?