A Michigan company has finally gotten around to inventing a punctuation mark to indicate sarcasm. Which would probably come in handy if I believed in using emoticons. Which I don’t.
I would say something snippy and snarky about the SarcMark, so coined by the quite literally named Sarcasm, Inc. But it seems that I don’t need to — Tom Metzer, a reporter at The Guardian, has taken care of that:
The real breakthrough of Sarcasm, Inc. is the realisation that, despite having used sarcasm and irony in the written word for hundreds of years, humans are simply too stupid to consistently recognise when someone has said the opposite of what they mean.
So, is the SarcMark a victory for stupidity?