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