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Question mark: ?
The question mark is a punctuation mark that indicates that the written sentence is in the form of a query. Its contemporary use as journalistic shorthand, or an attempt to express a matter in different terms has rapidly reached the status of a cliché. Whilst it's occasionally acceptable to talk about a 'question mark hanging over a decision' or something similar, the constant use of 'question mark' in place of a simple question is becoming increasingly irritating, don't you think?