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Def: Interrobang

A combination of a question mark (also known as the “interrogative point”) and an exclamation mark (known in printer’s jargon as the “bang”). Usually used at the end of a question asked in an excited or agitated manner. Sometimes as ?! and sometimes as…

From “Martin K Spektor, 73, Creator of Interrobang”, printed in The New York Times on 16 February 1988:

The mark is said to be the typographical equivalent of a grimace or a shrug of the shoulders. It applied solely to the rhetorical, Mr. Speckter said, when a writer wished to convey incredulity.

For example, the interrobang would be used in an expression like this: ‘You call that a hat?!’

 

  • The interrobang was first conceptualised in 1962 by Martin K Spektor, the head of an advertising agency.
  • An interrobang key was available on some Remington typewriters in 1968.
  • The interrobang is currently used as the logo of the State Library of New South Wales in Australia.

SlutWalk

Definition from Wikipedia:

The SlutWalk protest marches began on April 3, 2011 in Toronto, Canada and became a movement of rallies across the world. Participants protest against explaining or excusing rape by referring to any aspect of a woman’s appearance.

The rallies began when Constable Michael Sanguinetti, a Toronto Police officer, suggested that to remain safe, “women should avoid dressing like sluts.”

The protest takes the form of a march, mainly by young women, where some dress in ordinary clothing and others dress provocatively, like “sluts.” There are also speaker meetings and workshops.

Some objectors have remarked that this approach is an example of women defining their sexuality in male terms.

 


def: displacement activity

A displacement activity is the result of two contradicting instincts in a particular situation.

Birds, for example, may peck at grass when uncertain whether to attack or flee from an opponent. Similarly, a human may scratch his or her head when they do not know which of two options to choose.

Displacement activities often involve actions to bring comfort such as scratching, drinking or feeding.


def: lethologica

From Wikipedia:

A psychological disorder that inhibits an individual’s ability to articulate his or her thoughts by temporarily forgetting key words, phrases or names in conversation. First identified by Carl Jung in 1913. Very prevalent today but highly variable in it’s severity.

So, there you go. It’s not just me being forgetful it’s a proper, you know… thing.