What Is the Upside-Down Exclamation Point?
Origins of the Upside-Down Exclamation Point
In 1754, the Real Academia Española(Spanish Royal Academy) declared that a signo de apertura de exclamación(opening exclamation mark) must be used at the beginning of all exclamations, so that they could be identified easily within a text body. Although it took a while for this new rule to catch on, it has now been fully adopted into the language.
Using the Upside-Down Exclamation Point
As already mentioned, the upside-down exclamation point is used at the beginning of an exclamation. Notice that it can appear in the middle of a sentence to indicate that a phrase is exclamatory, such as in the first example listed below:
Although it is grammatically incorrect, Spanish speakers often do not use the upside-down exclamation mark in virtual communications, such as text messages and emails.
How to Type the ¡ Symbol
If you're not using a Mac computer, check out this table below for some additional keyboard shortcuts that you can use:
|Windows||Press "Alt + 0161"|
|Chromebook||Press "Ctrl + Shift" followed by "u + 00a1"|
|Android and iOS||Long hold the "?" symbol and drag finger up to select the upside-down exclamation point|