Did You Know?
The question mark began life as punctus interrogativus in the second half of the eighth century. It was introduced by the English scholar
Alcuin of York.
Spanish uses a question mark at the beginning and end of a question, with the first one upside down. Example: ¿Que hora es? (What time is it?)
For kids who need to be hospitalized at Rush, the Child Life Program offers special preparation through a role-playing exercise in which children reveal their questions and concerns about going to the hospital.
Every science project begins with a simple research question: What if?
In algebraic chess notation (a way to record moves in a game for learning purposes), "?" means a bad move while "??" is a blunder.
A question mark in medical notes suggests a possible diagnosis. If a patient has blood in his or her stool, a doctor might note "colon cancer" to indicate the patient should be checked for colon cancer.
Applicants to the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program at Rush University College of Nursing must identify and respond to a question or problem that requires a change in health care as part of their applications.
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