We have the period.
We have all seen the question mark, right?
We can be absolutely thrilled by the fabulous uses of the exclamation point!
And, who doesn't like a good ol' fashioned interrobang‽
But, I've been puzzling for a while now about the possibility of a new punctuation mark.
I believe we need a punctuation mark for whispers.
Think about it: we have one to connote excitement, exaggeration, excessive emotionality or greater volume, why not one to mean care, tenderness, quiet or lesser volume?
Before you give me that tired old "but the context of the writing should tell the reader if words are being whispered therefore a whispermark is redundant" argument, I say only that the structure and context of sentences tell the reader quite amply if a question is being asked, but we still find it necessary to employ similarly-redundant question marks in our texts.
So I ask for your help, dear reader, what would you suggest for a whispermark? What would it look like? What would you call it?
I have a couple ideas, but I'd like feedback from you. I'm curious what ideas you might have about this.
Leave your comments with suggestions for the name of the new punctuation mark and descriptions of what it should look like.