Which punctuation marks are particularly variable across European languages?

question marks
quotation marks
semicolon
exclamation marks
English ‘cat’ or “cat” is trans­lat­ed to French « chat » and German „katze“. Other coun­tries typ­i­cal­ly use one of these styles. In many coun­tries, English quo­ta­tion marks are getting more and more popular due to wide­spread of English key­board­s.

Answers distribution

question marks
quotation marks
semicolon
exclamation marks
answers
flagthe United Arab Emirates
7%
76%
7%
7%
13
flagItaly
25%
66%
0%
8%
24
flagCzech Republic
0%
60%
20%
10%
10
flagNorway
10%
55%
30%
5%
20
flagRepublic of Ireland
15%
53%
23%
7%
26
flagGermany
19%
52%
9%
17%
121
flagAustria
41%
52%
0%
5%
17
flagSpain
40%
50%
5%
5%
20
flagUkraine
14%
50%
0%
35%
14
flagUnknown
19%
48%
12%
17%
47
flagPoland
24%
47%
11%
16%
6857
flagCanada
21%
47%
4%
26%
23
flagthe United Kingdom
26%
41%
15%
16%
193
flagSweden
33%
41%
8%
16%
12
flagthe Netherlands
18%
39%
12%
30%
33
flagthe United States
25%
37%
18%
17%
135
flagFrance
26%
33%
6%
33%
15
flagIndia
35%
28%
14%
21%
14

Gender

men44%
women48%
question marks
24%
25%
quotation marks
44%
48%
semicolon
12%
10%
exclamation marks
18%
15%

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