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According to various dictionaries, “query” is a synonym for “question mark”, and “bang” is a synonym for “exclamation mark”. I’m wondering how common these shorter forms are.

I’m a French speaker, and in French, only publishing professionals know the short names for those punctuation marks (“rog” and “clam”, short for “point d’interrogation” and “point d’exclamation”), and you won’t find them in dictionaries.

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I’ve seen it in ancient documents relating to programming. So a 60 year old software developer might figure out what you are talking about. Anyone else, no.

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    Both are used in much more recent documents and discussion, but it's definitely IT jargon. Commented Aug 3, 2021 at 17:13
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    The first line of Unix family shell scripts is often started with two characters #! and the path of an executable e.g. #!/bin/bash, and the pair is often called a 'hashbang'. People write and discuss such scripts every day. Commented Aug 3, 2021 at 17:45
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    I have occasionally seen query used for question mark in contexts much older than computer programming, but I only know bang from interrobang. Commented Aug 3, 2021 at 20:24

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