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Gingersnap
01-13-2010, 03:11 PM
Company creates sarcasm punctuation
Published: Jan. 12, 2010 at 2:24 PM

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MOUNT CLEMENS, Mich., Jan. 12 (UPI) -- A Michigan company announced the release of software Tuesday that introduces new punctuation to the typed word: The sarcasm mark.

Sarcasm Inc. of Washington Township said the SarcMark, which resembles an open circle with a dot in the center, can be installed on computers via a program that can be downloaded from sarcmark.com for $1.99.

The company said it has versions of the program for several computer systems as well as BlackBerry devices.

"Statements have the period. Questions have the question mark. Exclamations have the exclamation mark. When you see the newest punctuation mark for sarcasm, you'll know the writer of that sentence doesn't literally mean what they're writing; they're being sarcastic," the company said in a release.

:rolleyes:

UPI (http://www.upi.com/Odd_News/2010/01/12/Company-creates-sarcasm-punctuation/UPI-55751263324278/?usesarctags)

bijou
01-13-2010, 03:46 PM
There is nothing new under the sun (http://www.cracked.com/article/202_8-online-fads-you-didnt-know-were-invented-decades-ago/)


The first emoticon showed up nearly 120 years ago, when author Ambrose Bierce wrote his essay "For Brevity and Clarity" and proposed a new type of punctuation mark to convey jest, which he knew would make the satire a little more clear in typewritten correspondence where he proposed, say, killing a hobo with a bag of doorknobs.

The new punctuation took the form of a horizontal parenthesis, which was meant to look like a smile, sort of like a written laugh track to cue readers in on all the jokes. ...

PoliCon
01-13-2010, 06:44 PM
:rolleyes:

UPI (http://www.upi.com/Odd_News/2010/01/12/Company-creates-sarcasm-punctuation/UPI-55751263324278/?usesarctags)

meh. It just doesn't scream sarcasm to me . . . it looks more confused than anything else . . .

Rockntractor
01-13-2010, 06:48 PM
They use the sarcasm crap on DU. I like to make people wonder!