US company invents, sells sarcasm emoticon symbol SarcMark
EVER wanted to send an email or document with a little sarcasm, but didn't want to risk being misunderstood?
Enter the sarcasm mark or "SarcMark," an emoticon symbol being sold online, MyFox reports.
Sarcasm Inc. of Michigan has released software for computer systems and BlackBerry devices that can be downloaded for around $2.
The software provides a mark that looks like an open circle with a dot in the center; similar to an upside down "@" symbol.
The company states the reason they developed the sarcasm mark was because "the written word has question marks and exclamation points to document those thoughts, BUT sarcasm has NOTHING!"
Paul Sak, of Sarcasm, explained in an email that the company is serious about the mark.
"The SarcMark is a punctuation mark. It is designed with that in mind," Mr Sak said.
"It is roughly the size of other characters and with the SarcMark font downloaded, it behaves like any other font character."
"It specifically has a point or period incorporated in it, just like all other main punctuation marks."
Mr Sak also said the mark could be used in closed captioning for the deaf or the "crawl" or "ticker" messages that scroll at the bottom of TV news broadcasts.
The company said putting the SarcMark after an online statement will give the reader visual confirmation that the statement he or she is reading, is, in fact, sarcastic.
There have been a few previous calls for such a mark.
The irony mark or irony point is a back-to-front question mark that was suggested to be used to indicate that a sentence has a second meaning, like in an ironic or sarcastic sense. According to Wikipedia the mark has never been widely used.
In a 2004 Slate article Josh Greenman proposed the creation of the "sarcasm point," using an upside-down exclamation mark.
He wrote that it was time for the adoption of the sarcasm point because of the "range of sincerity can shoot from earnest to irreverent in nanoseconds" in today's world.
I needed some silly after this past week. Silly stupidity works too.