[FoRK] I'm SOO interested in paying for this at .

Stephen Williams sdw at lig.net
Thu Jan 21 18:03:21 PST 2010


Until it's in UTF, forget it.
On the other hand, we can immediately start using the 2 character 
version that I just "invented"@.

 From Boldtype from flavorpill:
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/news/6995354/Sarcasm-punctuation-mark-aims-to-put-an-end-to-email-confusion.html
>
> Sarcasm punctuation mark aims to put an end to email confusion
> Expressing sarcasm in the written word can be a dangerous business, as 
> anyone forced to apologise for sending a tongue-in-cheek email will 
> confirm.
>  
>
> By Matthew Moore
> Published: 11:45AM GMT 15 Jan 2010
> The SarcMark costs $1.99 to download
>
> Now a US firm has come up with an ingenious solution to this very real 
> problem – a new item of punctuation.
>
> The SarcMark, as it has been named, is designed to be used in the same 
> way as an exclamation or question mark.
>  
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> Anyone concerned that the irony of their email or text message might 
> not be appreciated by its recipient can use the symbol to close their 
> sentence, thereby avoiding awkward misunderstandings.
>
> The symbol – a dot inside a single spiral line – can be installed onto 
> any PC running Windows 7, XP or Vista, as well as Macs and Blackberry 
> mobile devices.
>
> It can then be used in Word documents, instant messenger 
> conversations, Outlook email and other programmes, just by pressing 
> Ctrl and the full stop button.
>
> The Michigan company behind the SarcMark have applied for a patent to 
> protection their invention.
>
> They have even published a sample list of sentences that would benefit 
> from a SarcMark, including the words of British woman who was awarded 
> only half of her National Lottery jackpot by a court after the winning 
> ticket fell from her pocket and was claimed by someone else.
>
> It appears that the irony of her statement – "It's jolly decent of 
> them to let me have a half share of my win" – was lost on some readers.
>
> Paul Sak of the firm said that the new punctuation mark was not a 
> gimmick and had serious potential applications, such as allowing deaf 
> people to pick up sarcasm in subtitles.
>
> The symbol currently costs $1.99 to download – a price that many may 
> think deserves a SarcMark of its own.






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