Punctuation marks – infographic critique

I saw this infographic on Facebook and I’m sharing it here in case you find it useful. It’s good – but not that good, as explained in my critique below the image.Punctuation Marks

Infographics are growing in popularity. It simply means ‘information presented in a graphical form’. They are useful because the Internet is increasingly visual.

Most infographics are portrait format – that is, long and thin – rather than landscape format like this one. That’s because it looks better on image-sharing platforms such as Pinterest which have long, narrow columns.

If I’d produced this one, I might omit the full stop after the heading. It’s not necessary, because it’s not a sentence (so it’s breaking the rule). Apart from that (depending what font you choose) full stops in headings look like footballs.


Obscure punctuation mark used to express surprise combined with a question, usually written as ?!

I would quibble about the number 15 in the sub-heading. There are many more punctuation marks than that, including my favourite – the interrobang – shown right. A more accurate sub-heading would therefore refer to the 15 ‘most common’ punctuation marks.


“Who do you work for?”

passportThat’s a question I was asked when I worked for…erm…not sure.

It was when I was in the corporate world, as part of a training session about branding. We were asked to write our reply on a Post-It note and stick it on the wall.

When we compared notes (ha ha!), some people had answered with their boss’s name. Some gave the name of the department. Some wrote the name of the company. Others put the name of the parent company.

The trainers were amazed. They’d never experienced such an identity crisis within an organisation before*.

What do you write when you fill in a form and are asked the country where you live?


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