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The New Sarcasm Punctuation Mark

samzenpus posted more than 4 years ago | from the what-a-great-idea-*add-mark-here* dept.

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kandela writes "The Telegraph is reporting that for a mere $1.99 you can download a new punctuation mark that will revolutionize communication online. The SarcMark, described as 'a dot inside a single spiral line,' is to be used just like a question mark or exclamation mark to indicate sarcasm. And for those worried that this company's unique invention may be shamelessly copied by eager and unscrupulous grammarians – grammarians being the type to quickly adopt new ideas without heed to proper procedure – fear not, the Michigan based company has applied for a patent to protect their invention."

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I'll surely rush out and buy this right away. (2, Funny)

jayme0227 (1558821) | more than 4 years ago | (#30780140)

Oh wait, since I haven't bought the SarcMark, you can't tell that I was being sarcastic.

Re:I'll surely rush out and buy this right away. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30789752)

And since I haven't bought it either I can't tell if you're being sarcastic.

Scarcasm... (2, Interesting)

Vanderhoth (1582661) | more than 4 years ago | (#30780458)

It's not always easy to convey sarcasm in e-mails. I like the idea of having a punctuation mark like a question, or exclamation mark to capture sarcasm. Then people will know when I'm mocking them rather then thinking that I agree with them. That's a GREAT idea~

(s) (1)

scorp1us (235526) | more than 4 years ago | (#30780550)

Works just as fine for me.

Re:(s) (1)

scorp1us (235526) | more than 4 years ago | (#30780798)

Prior art notice: I've been using this for years, ever since I learned in college (1994-2001) that sarcasm isn't transmitted by electrons (text).

Re:(s) (1)

MakinBacon (1476701) | more than 4 years ago | (#30790538)

Iteresting point. People have been using the fake XML sarcasm tag to indicate sarcasm for yeats, and on some forums I've seen that people end sarcastic sentences with /s. Shouldn't this count as prior art and negate their patent claims?

Re:(s) (1)

scorp1us (235526) | more than 4 years ago | (#30796764)

No because its unique. They definitely can't patent it, its not an inventions. But they can trademark it.

I see /s as ok too, but I would worry about s/, in which I would expect to see a perl-style substitution.

I, for one, am thrilled to pieces! (1)

Locke2005 (849178) | more than 4 years ago | (#30780650)

I am absolutely thrilled to pieces with this fantastic innovation! Previous to this, it was impossible to tell when someone was actually being sarcastic in written form, but now... well, now even the most dim-witted of reader will be able to determine when someone isn't being sincere in their high praise of "fantastic innovations"!

correct me if I'm wrong... (1)

tangelogee (1486597) | more than 4 years ago | (#30780926)

Here I though the point to sarcasm was that if you didn't get it, it made it all the more funny to those that did get it. Adding a sarcasm mark is like telling the punchline in the same sentence as the joke, it takes all the fun out...

They didn't do their research (1)

dsavi (1540343) | more than 4 years ago | (#30782006)

There is already an "Irony mark", already implemented and a standard part of the basic fonts. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Irony_mark [wikipedia.org] Hurray for obscurity! (Is that even how you use it?)

Re:They didn't do their research (1)

dsavi (1540343) | more than 4 years ago | (#30782022)

It looks like /. strips out that character. Nevermind.

Snarky (1)

Q-Hack! (37846) | more than 4 years ago | (#30786070)

There has been a push in the past to use the tilde at the end of a sentence to represent either snarky or sarcasm.

I am all for it~

let the market decide (1)

bstender (1279452) | more than 4 years ago | (#30787420)

grammarians being the type to quickly adopt new ideas without heed to proper procedure
whoa, was this supposed to be a sarcastic statement? i think a sarcmark would remove the mystery, to my displeasure. seriously. but, love the copulative compound. (?)

the alternative (1)

FuckingNickName (1362625) | more than 4 years ago | (#30789916)

As a cynical old fool, I think I would be better served by a punctuation mark to indicate that, for once, no sarcasm is intended@

debian (1)

phrostie (121428) | more than 4 years ago | (#30790232)

looks like the debian logo to me.

FAIL!? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30791258)

"So let's suppose i do pay for a having this ugly and never ever to be adopted punctuation. Then I email my friends that won't see it cause they don't have the codec. That IS really sarcastic." -- got to love how true that is

Technical Details? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30795126)

Does anyone know what bit sequence they're using to represent this character? Does it use one of the unused code points in Unicode? Or does it replace an existing character instead? The site's faq seems to be very short on technical details.

Why not just use an existing character (1)

jolyonr (560227) | more than 4 years ago | (#30799664)

For example, the spanish inverted exclamation mark would work fine.

Re:Why not just use an existing character (1)

qubezz (520511) | more than 4 years ago | (#30868754)

New punctuation...are you serious (insert Interrobang [wikipedia.org] here)
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