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

Gordon Mohr gojomo at boxbe.com
Fri Jan 22 00:02:55 PST 2010


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

This one's probably close enough:

0x1610 &5648; CANADIAN SYLLABICS CARRIER YE ᘐ

- Gordon

>  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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