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A German clothing manufacturer has failed in its bid to register ! as a trade mark, the Telegraph reports. Joop! pitched two versions of the excitable punctuation mark for consideration - one on its own and another with an ! "inside a rectangular frame". The Court of First Instance in Luxembourg backed a ruling by the Office …

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Cue...

Cue thousands of spreadshirt, zazzle, shirtcity etc etc users making Ts with big exclamation marks to thoroughly blast the "distinctive character" thing out of the water.

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In other news....

Yahoo! exclaimed! how! relieved! they! were!

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Coat

If! They! Had! Succeeded!,

Where! Would! That! Leave! The! Register's! Yahoo! Related! Headlines!?

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Alert

Absolute class...

...on tacking a bang on the end of the 'be the first to post a comment' link. Fantastic!

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Then

I shall enjoy my freedom to overuse the exclamation mark without impunity.

Like so.

!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Take that Joop!

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slamming

There was an American years ago who used to charter "Beatles tours" of Liverpool. I forget his name, but he felt that he to himself justice he needed an exclamation point officially added to his name. So Mr. X filed papers with the court and thereafter was Mr. X!.

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Joke

Awesome!™

Amazing!™

We can still use this wonderful piece of punctuation in our day to day writings!™

Imagine the poor mathemticians writing factorials without this symbol!™ 3!™ is equal to 6.

Programming would be a pain. if (x!™=y) { ... }

How did they ever think they'd be able to do this?!™

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Complete

uber twats!!

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Cheeky! Bastards!

For! Obvious! Reasons! (No! Badgers! Involved!)

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FAIL

OK, I just noticed...

...that ALL of the 'be first to post...' things have a ! at the end. I guess it didn't sink in before! I fail at both humor and perceptiveness - but it DOES suggest that the !'s power is somewhat diluted, doesn't it?!

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What! have! Yahoo! got! to! do! with! it!?

Different class of goods. No conflict there.

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What didn't I think of that?!™

@AC: Nice one!™

I'm kicking myself for not thinking of that myself!™

Yahoo!™ Headlines!™ To!™ Become!™ Longer!™ And!™ More!™ Common!™

The other funny thing will be seeing kids on gaming forums when they get upset:

OMG!™ NO FAIR U CHEATED!™!™!™!™!™1111!™!™1111oneoneone

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Different class= no conflict

Try telling those who have have got bone letters from bone Lawyers insructed by bone manufacturers who seem to think that a trademark gives them absolute and unique rights to that name. Remember Monster Cables? McDonalds?

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Stop

"______ " ® 1

No doubt there's some agitprop-delusionist or mime out there who is this minute pondering whether to seek a trademark on " " [white-space].

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Pint

@Lockwood

"The other funny thing will be seeing kids on gaming forums when they get upset:

OMG!™ NO FAIR U CHEATED!™!™!™!™!™1111!™!™1111oneoneone"

ROFL cheers!™

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Victor Hugo's publisher got there first

Manufacturer: "!" ?

Court: ¬

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Paris Hilton

What !!!!!!

It defies logic that anyone would even think of trademarking/copyrighting/effing whatevering a symbol that has been used and continues to be used in everyday written English.

What a pack of MORONS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

maybe I should 'capitalise" on the use of capitals.......

Paris cos she likes the large (capital) versions! - from what I've heard!

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