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(!)

  1. Draws attention to a particular statement, or suggests that the writer thinks it remarkable or nonsensical.
    Despite his bizarre claims that all feminists are rapists (!), his paper has some salient points.
    • Karl Marx, Friedrich Engels, Das Kapital, chapter 3, section 1:
      Herr David Urquhart bemerkt in seinen "Familiar Words" über das Ungeheuerliche (!), daß heutzutage ein Pfund (£ St.), die Einheit des englischen Geldmaßstabs, gleich ungefähr 1/4 Unze Gold ist: "Das ist Fälschung eines Maßes und nicht Festsetzung eines Maßstabs."
    • Karl Marx, Friedrich Engels, Capital, chapter 3, section 1:
      David Urquhart remarks in his "Familiar Words" on the monstrosity (!) that now-a-days a pound (sterling), which is the unit of the English standard of money, is equal to about a quarter of an ounce of gold. "This is falsifying a measure, not establishing a standard."
    • Agnete Elmose, Anne Marie Halgren Eriksen, Finn Eriksen, Henrik Borg Jensen, Karen Thygesen, Sprogets veje, 2nd ed., p. 122
      Holdningen til den frækhed og kreativitet der ligger i brugen af slang, har ændret sig i positiv retning siden en dansk professor i 1866 under pseudonym (!) udgav "Bidrag til en Ordbog over Gadesproget og saakaldt daglig Tale".
    • Agnete Elmose, Anne Marie Halgren Eriksen, Finn Eriksen, Henrik Borg Jensen, Karen Thygesen, The Way of Speech, 2nd ed., p. 122
      The attitude of the audacity and creativity that lies in the use of slang has changed positively since a Danish professor in 1866 under a pseudonym (!) published "Contribution to a Dictionary of Colloquial Language and so-called Daily Speech."
  2. Indicates a sarcastic tone of voice.

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