#TheStoryOfSymbol 'The #Exclamation point' (or mark) has a similar history to that of the question mark. An exclamation point is used to give a certain punch to a sentence – and is used most injudiciously in a million tex t messages a day. Originally, an exclamation was represented by the Latin word io. This literally means “exclam ation of joy” and is short itself for iocundia or iocundum. Once again, ov er time, the i was placed above the o. So the mark that we use and abuse s o often (an overuse for which it was not – and is not – intended) is descended from a Latinate “yeeeees!” Goal!