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The most usual theory about the origin of question marks, according to several sources, may have derived from an abbreviation of the latin quaestio, shortened to "Qo" and then the curve of the Q adapted to a single character (much as the French/Latin "et" became &). However, the initial question mark is most likely an invention of the Real Academia ...


I don't know about other languages having the same verb with those two meanings ("to know" and "to taste"). But we might have a similar example with "sentir", which means "to feel" and "to smell" in French and "to feel", "to hear" and "to regret" in Spanish. That said, it might be easier to understand how a verb meaning "to feel" (as was the case with ...

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