01 August 2008

···Use Interpuncts!···

Writing about the movie WALL·E has shown me the power of the interpunct. The “interpunct” looks like a period hanging in the middle of the air, like this (“·”). It was used to separate words in ancient Latin, before spaces turned into all the rage. Today you see it most often in dictionary definitions, where it separates the syllables of the words. I think it’s beautiful, and we should be getting more use out of it. Softer than a hyphen in the middle of the word, with a rounded simplicity that both separates the words, yet draws them more together. It would work especially well for acronyms. For example:

C·I·A
S·P·E·C·T·R·E
U·S·D·A

Let’s all make an effort to use the interpunct more often in our day·to·day lives. Embrace retro·punctuation!