Sarcasm Mark May Prevent Miscommunications

Jill Harness

I don't know about you, but I never am misunderstood when I communicate over the internet. For the record, that was complete sarcasm, which illustrates one of the biggest issues with text-based communications -- the inability of the writer to express the tone of his or her message.

Most people who have frequent communications over the internet know exactly how easy it is to be misunderstood without voice inflictions or facial expressions. Now an American company has finally come up with a reasonable solution to these constant problems -- the sarcasm mark (pictured). This period in a spiral can help the writer indicate their sarcastic intentions. The company proposes you simply install the "SarcMark" into your computer, where it will automatically be programed to be entered into a document or email with a simple Ctrl key command.

Personally, I love the idea and could see tons of practical applications for its use, but I don't know how I feel about paying $1.99 to download such a tool. Would you guys ever consider using it?

And has undetected email sarcasm ever gotten you into trouble? Who's got a good story?