From Hull AWE
This is one of the 117 mis-spellings listed as 'Common difficulties' in the section on 'Spelling' within 'Writing' in UEfAP.
- 'To interrogate' (and the others) means 'to ask', with some intensification of meaning.
- Mostly, in general discourse, it means 'to ask persistently and more or less aggressively', as a police detective or a security officer might attempt to draw the truth from a person suspected of wrong-doing. (There is sometimes an implication of torture, and interrogator is sometimes a euphemism for 'torture'.)
- In computer science, interrogation is,
- precisely, "the sending of a signal that will initiate a response. A system may interrogate a peripheral to see if it requires a data transfer. The response is normally a status byte. When a number of devices are interrogated in a sequence the process is called polling" (Daintith and Wright, 2008).
- More loosely, users of computers, such as social scientists, use interrogation to mean 'an attempt to extract useful or structured information from given knowledge [for example a database]'.
- ?, the punctuation mark known in British English as a question mark is called an interrogation point or interrogation mark in American English.
- The adjective interrogative means,
- In the study of grammar, the particular mood of a verb in which the speaker asks a question.
- In more everyday use, interrogative means 'asking questions', and is often used to indicate non-verbal questioning, as when one person may be described as 'lifting an interrogative eyebrow'. (Quizzical, from 'quiz', has a similar, perhaps more common, use.)
- As a noun, 'an interrogative' may be
- in visual signalling and coded texts, an indication that the particular sentence or transmission is a question (Royal Navy signalling flags include a pendant called the interrogative).
- Etymological note: interrogate and its relatives are derived from the Latin interrogÄre, formed from the prefix inter-, either as a preposition 'between [people]', or an adverb 'at intervals', together with the verb rogÄre 'to ask'. So the combined forms such as interrogation have one '-r-' from inter- and one from rogare, which constructs the double '-rr-' of the English spelling.