Is the English language really the most difficult language to learn? I’ve always been told that. Everyone is doing it. Can’t be too hard. You’re telling me those “clicking” languages from sub-Saharan Africa are easier to learn?
Yes, reading and writing English can be a challenge. Homonyms can be such a drag. Homophones are another nightmare to deal with. And to make matters worse, we have the rhetorical question. Equal parts statement, sarcasm, proposition, encouragement, and question. But a question that doesn’t really require an answer.
Well I hate to be so cavalier when it comes to language, but I’m feeling strongly about this one. Here’s an idea: Use different punctuation when you put forth a rhetorical question in print or cyberspace. I propose we use a plus sign (+). No specific reason. It just seemed innocuous enough and grossly under-used. If anyone has any better suggestions, I’d love to hear them. Isn’t that a great idea though+ How are people supposed to know you aren’t looking for an answer? You don’t have the benefit of voice tone when you are writing something out. Sure there’s context, but context can be so damn deceiving!
If we all agree to use the conclusive plus-sign punctuation in rhetorical questions, no one will ever be confused again! I wonder how they deal with rhetorical questions in the Sahara+