Sarcasm Inc. has created a SarcMark, which resembles an open circle with a dot in the center, to indicate statements not meant to be read literally. The program can be downloaded for $1.99, reports UPI.
“Statements have the period. Questions have the question mark. Exclamations have the exclamation mark. When you see the newest punctuation mark for sarcasm, you’ll know the writer of that sentence doesn’t literally mean what they’re writing; they’re being sarcastic,” the company said in a release.
Maybe I’m old fashioned, but I think writers shouldn’t use sarcasm unless they can make it clear that it’s sarcasm without one of these newfangled punctuation marks. And readers should try thinking as they read.