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January 13, 2010

NEXT: A TYPE KEY TO TELL PEOPLE WHEN YOU'RE JUST BEING IRONIC

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. . .

"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.


2 Comments:

Blogger m said...

/s is a bit cheaper

January 13, 2010 8:48 PM  
Anonymous The Skeptical cynic said...

There is another new punctuation mark. It's the combination of the eroteme (the term for the question mark, really) and the exclamation point. it's been called the interrobang. The "interro" is obvious but the "bang" is the term that printers use to describe the exclamation point. It's what can be characterized as punctuation mark appropriately following WTF‽

January 13, 2010 10:37 PM  

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