Today is the second Friday in our celebration leading up to National Punctuation Day on Sept. 24. And today we celebrate the exclamation point! Also known as the exclamation mark, this punctuation is used at the end of a sentence to show excitement or an interjection.

The exclamation point first showed up in English language print in the 15th century. It is rumored to have been inspired by the Latin word for joy, io, with the I above the O. How sweet!

In Spanish, the exclamation point is used both to precede and end a sentence. The preceding exclamation point is written upside down, as demonstrated in this awesome animation from our very own Josh Higgins from the MMI digital design team. Check it out to the right!

 

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