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May 6th, 2008 #1
Written language is rather inadequate for certain endeavors. For example: Sarcasm.
Sure with the right context one can determine whether or not a statement is sarcastic. This would be perhaps in the form of a rather grounded and coherent paragraph ended with an incredulous statement. Or just a completely absurd statement no matter the context.
I however, as a frequently sarcastic individual, don't wish my sarcasm to be weighted down by either a lengthly backstory nor a hamfisted ridiculousness. So what is one to do?
In the Ethiopian language there is a symbol known as the "Sarcasm Mark" or "Temherte Slaq". This unfortunately, bears a strong resemblance to an upside down exclamation point. And since I don't wish to be mistaken for an over-enthusiastic Spaniard (or Mexican, as the case may be in California), that option is right out.
But wait? What is this? In a wikipedia entry it is stated that were there a "sarcasm mark" in English it would bear a certain resemblance to the French "Irony Mark".
And what do you know, that very irony mark bears a rather strong resemblance to a certain Arabic character (e.g. "؟") and happens to have fallen into disuse. So not only can I appropriate this mark for sarcasm, but ironically this ironic mark is being used for a purpose other than irony (oh irony, how I love thee).
So from henceforth, in a stroke of swerved genius (swerve incidentally, is that sweet spot between "buzzed" and "drunk"), I have stolen this symbol for use as a sarcasm indicator and have included a small link in my signature.
Since I've wasted your time reading this story about my (less than) ingenious appropriation of an undefined mark, I figured I might ask...
What additional kinds of punctuation is the English language in dire need of?
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What a great way to show sarcasm online؟
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May 6th, 2008 #3
Work more on art, less on your signature. Its already about half your post, and your post isn't small.
May 6th, 2008 #4-My work can be found at my local directory thread.
May 6th, 2008 #5