A friend on facebook, David Sorrell, posted an article he found online regarding the creation of new punctuation marks. The article is whimsical, but honestly, the point the author is making is very true. Our need to be brief has created the need for new kinds of punctuation. Not the silly emoticons people use — :) ;( ;p — but there are a number of marks that once defined and added to our keyboard could make typing-communication much easier to understand.
I’m not suggesting we add them for traditional writing forms like novels or reports or news, but for texting and emails it would be wonderful to be able to add tone and/or reduce six typed characters down to one in a message.
Check out the article and see what you think.