i've been advocating for a sarcasm mark for years. too many people have little to no capability to comprehend sarcasm without help from a qualified sarcasticist.
there's @ for email, the always annoying #hashtag, *means look below for small print, and a plethora of other useful marks, such as $%&?!, each with a dedicated job, yet when strung together, denotes non-offensive cursing. there's :) and <3 and (¡) and on and on, you get the idea.
we need something, but what could it be? how about the little used ~ tilde squiggly thing? who uses that for anything really important? when have you ever used it at all? let's abscond with and repurpose it once and for all, to be used as the new sarcasm mark.
the tilde (/'t?ld?/, /'t?ldi/; ˜ or ~; also referred to informally as squiggly or squiggle(s)) is a grapheme with several uses. the name of the character comes from portuguese and spanish, from the latin titulus meaning "title" or "superscription", though the term "tilde" has evolved and now has a different meaning in linguistics. some refer it to a "flourish".
blah blah blah. i call bullshit! i say we hijack and repurpose ~ to denote sarcasm, when used in text based commentary in emails, on websites, social networks, such as twitter and facebook, and in any other of your sarcastic writing endeavors, when placed after the usual punctuation at the end of your sentence.
for example: you might type, "sure, i'd love to go out with your sister." and by all appearances, the reader mistakenly thinks you really want to go out with their sister, even though you are attempting to serve up a heaping helping of sarcasm. but how would they know? when you add the ~ at the end, "sure, i'd love to go out with your sister.~" is easily read as, "sure, i'd love to go out with your sister, if she didn't look like a middle eastern man."
brrr, can you feel the cold sting of sarcasm?
now many of you will say, "it's not officially recognized". well, neither was stupid LOL, but that never stopped every 12 year old girl and guys that want to be 12 year old girls, from using it to death. as a result, LOL is now in some dictionaries. if the ~ gets used enough, it will become officially recognized too.
it's easy to stick a ~ to the end of your sarcastic comment. it's found on every keyboard and in the symbol menu on every device. sarcasting has never been easier!
join me on the vanguard of clearly communicating text based sarcastic smartassery.
thank you and i appreciate your continued patronage.~
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