Rhetorical questions

 

A chara, – Brian Cullen (April 13th) continues the worthy discussion of rhetorical questions in the letters page. However, I notice that he terminates his own one with a question mark. I was taught by the Christian Brothers, admittedly in the previous century, that rhetorical questions required no such punctuation. One wonders whose teachers were correct. – Is mise,

SEÁN HADE,

Brussels.

Sir, – Surely the ultimate rhetorical question is, “Does my bum look big in this?” – Yours, etc,

CORMAC MEEHAN,

Bundoran, Co Donegal.

Sir, – Not rhetorical, perhaps, but a question to be feared, nevertheless: “What age do you think I am?” – Yours, etc,

JP O’RIORDAN,

Dublin 8.