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PUNCTUATION, construction. The act or method of placing points (q.v.) in a written or printed instrument.
     2. By the word point is here understood all the points in grammar, as the comma, the semicolon, the colon, and the like.
     3. All such instruments are to be construed without any regard to the punctuation; and in a case of doubt, they ought to be construed in such a manner that they may have some effect, rather than in one in which they would be nugatory. Vide Toull. liv. 3, t. 2, c. 5, n. 430; 4 T. R. 65; Barringt. on the Stat. 394, n. Vide article Points.

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Last month Coakley presented his theory that the question mark is a Syriac invention "rather nervously" at a conference in the United States.
However, as a question mark I bring more than problem solving, rather, it is as Palmer (1998) describes: a way of learning so that students (or clients) can see for themselves.
Mr Biggs, who commissioned the infamous Yoko Ono female sex organ pictures for the last biennial in 2004, said some funding for the question mark had come from the Mersey Basin campaign which wants to raise issues about what Liverpool and Wirral are doing about their shared waterfront heritage.
The use of the question mark indicates that Hood (2004) was not sure of this, and I commend that hesitant punctuation mark.
becomes the artist's altered ego, an extraterrestrial maker and distributor of universal signs: question marks, Ping-Pong balls, or wave lines, a more recent signature symbol, formed by tennis balls in a swimming pool in 1992 or drawn on the floor in the "antiperformance" Nova vaznost', 1991.
Question mark or not, the evocation of choice "gets the publicity for the series off on the wrong foot," counters GLAAD news media director Cathy Renna.
Forrester worked with Georgia Requa, a Seattlebased educational consultant, to develop the software link between Question Mark and Pathware.
Question Mark Computing says it has become the first company to integrate the XML-based Question and Test Interoperability (QTI) specification from IMS, a global coalition of technology vendors, with its own software.
The ultimate demand for super computers is a question mark with estimates ranging from $1 billion to $10 billion for this market depending upon cost reductions in the super computers and performance enhancements that have been promised.
A question mark is selected which changes the pointer to a question mark.
From bottom to top, the stack included: a cameral manual, a bar of soap with soap suds running down onto a corner of the camera manual, a block of ice melting onto the soap, a basketball in a little depression on top of the block of ice, a person standing at attention on top of the basketball with a big red slash across his body, a magnifying glass with a red handle caught behind the person's ear, a giant green question mark with a large check in front of it on the handle of the magnifying glass, a big red sun creating a red glow on the top of the question mark, an archery target with a red slash across it caught in the sun's rays, an arrow sticking out the top of the target, a green plus sign balanced on the center of the shaft of the arrow, and a huge black rock on top of the plus sign.
As part of the Whysman Festival, established by his family, there are schools' projects developing across the west coast and a massive question mark - currently being fabricated by Ferguson Shipbuilders in Port Glasgow - is to be hung from the Finnieston Crane in coming weeks.

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