One simply can't deny that in casual conversation
, on IRC
for instance, the following line could be taken various ways, depending on emoticon
s (as an example): Yeah, my day was great
. How is one to tell if it's sarcasm
or not? If I want to communicate to a friend just like I would in real life (that means not
saying "Yeah, my day was bloody one hell of a great day, hah yeah right"), all I have to do is add something like a :P and all is settled. Yeah, my day was great :P
A great part of real life sarcasm is in the inflection of tone and pitch and varying accents on particular words--things which obviously cannot be easily typed in words. Saying, Yeah, my day was GREAT, or some other variant doesn't quite pull off the sarcasm, either.
I feel no shame in using an emoticon, and if someone else decides to respect me less for the use of one, so be it
. they're respecting me less for ridiculous, superficial reasons.