I have often been bothered by the fact that there is no reliable
way to indicate sarcasm
in written English
. In online forums
I have seen people use <sarcasm> </sarcasm>, which is admittedly very accessible. But somehow lacks the subtlety which makes sarcasm so fun.
I propose that we create a punctuation
mark to indicate sarcasm, something like the exclamation mark
or question mark
which have the ability to express emotion
in a character
. Of course, I doubt that I could convince people to update all their keyboard
s, the ASCII
code and their font
s, so I think that we need to use a character already there.
I great choice I think would be the under-utilized "|", also known as the pipe
. One could say, for example, |Bill Gates just wants to make good software|, and all the subtle layers of intended irony would just leap into view.
It would also give a new meaning to "ls -a | more". I'm not sure what meaning, but it would be new.