Character  ? 
Unicode name QUESTION MARK
Codepoint U+003F
> ← Basic Latin → @



? may derive from Qo, with the Q written over the o, an abbreviation of Latin quaestio (question), placed at the end of a question to mark it as such.[1]

Punctuation markEdit


  1. Marks a preceding passage written in Latin script as a question.
    • 2003, J. K. Rowling, Lya Wyler, Harry Potter e a Ordem da Fênix, Rocco, page 46:
      Olho-Tonto, você sabe que isso é nojento, não sabe?
      Mad-Eye, you know that this is disgusting, don't you?
  2. (chess) In algebraic notation, marks a bad move.

Derived termsEdit

  • (small form variant)

See alsoEdit



  1. ^ Alexander Humez, 1987, A B C et cetera: the life & times of the Roman alphabet



? (plural ?s)

  1. (text messaging) A question.
    i hav a ? 4 u (I have a question for you)
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