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Saturday, December 17, 2011

two more options for expressing sarcasm in print...

... beyond crude ASCII emoticons, such as   ;)


 I already told you about the "snark:"

Gaeijefj

Another is the "sarcmark" punctuation symbol.

Sarcmark-002

(http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/2010/jan/20/rise-of-the-sarcmark)

Or an entire "sarcastic font,"in reverse italics:

Cghjdeja

(http://www.guardian.co.uk/artanddesign/shortcuts/2011/dec/12/sarcasm-online#)


Personally, I like the Snark, because it's simple and easily implemented.

All this typographic activity is probably in reaction to the pervasiveness of text-based communication, which among many people, has effectively replaced things like phone conversations. (Hooray!)

But I also hope also marks a resurgence in linguistic playfulness. And I say that without sarcasm. :)