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Sarcasm Lock

I have trouble communicating...
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...without sarcasm.

A sarcasm lock key, that would reverse italicize your text might help communicate your tone without the need for smiley's.

Giblet, Apr 29 2005

The Sarcasm Mark http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sarcasm_mark
A short history of a similar typographical device. [Alx_xlA, May 10 2009]

Sarcastic affliction http://www.youtube....watch?v=wBGh03nvkdU
//I don't get it. Could you please explain the idea?// [Ling, Jul 22 2011]

Feeling detector http://www.gmanews....-help-you-find-love
Funny, a good friend of mine developed this and showed it to me 15 years ago [pashute, Jul 24 2011]


       Nice idea. :-|
Smiley's what?
gnomethang, Apr 29 2005

       Without the need for Smiley's annoying smilies, is what I meant.
Giblet, Apr 30 2005

       This inevitably leads to the problem of dealing with meta-sarcasm, those sarcastic remarks whose sole target are previously written or uttered sarcastic remarks.
Soterios, Apr 30 2005

       Well, doesn't this idea just suck. [+]
disbomber, Apr 30 2005

       You know that you can edit your idea (e.g. to fix glaring typos), right?
jutta, May 01 2005

       Amazing! could there also be something to translate plain text into sarcasm? Sometimes I'm just too nice.
Pericles, May 01 2005

       I exclusively use sarcasm as a communication tool at work. Such a device would be welcomed by my associates, who often cannot distinguish my intent.
ed, Dec 20 2005

       Imagine if you accidently sent all text as sarcasm...   

       Dear Jane,
It's such a shame you didn't see me, yesterday. I really missed you. You would have looked so nice in your new clothes.
Please, please, try to come again real soon.
Lots of love,

       And forgetting to switch the text to sarcastic:   

       Dear Ling,
Your email was so nice. It's just what I wanted after a terrible day. Please make sure you keep sending them, as they are so uplifting.
Lots and lots of love,
Ling, Dec 20 2005

       a canal pun surely? quite funny, if rather geospecific.   

       i like this idea a lot. i have often encountered the problem of losing inflection and tone in emails. bun.
rainbow, Dec 20 2005

       What would the indicator be like? I mean, would the Sarcasm Lock key have a RED LED which glows RED when active, and flashing Red/Crimson when de-activated - This might also imply a Sarcasm-shift key for short sections of text which demand sarcasm. But, what of other forms of irony, such as hyperbole, dry understatement and rhetoric? I suppose you'd have keys for them, too!
Dub, May 11 2009

       If this was available, a new art would quickly emerge: the sarcastic use of the sarcasm lock, a sort of second-degree sarcasm.   

       <real sarcasm><fake sarcasm>Your party sucked!</fs></rs>
placid_turmoil, May 11 2009

       I don't get it. Could you please explain the idea?
pashute, Jul 22 2011

       but what if you usually deliver sarcasm deadpan ?
FlyingToaster, Jul 22 2011

       I have always preferred, in this venue and all others, to let those I am addressing decide for themselves whether or not I am being sarcastic. It's much more fun for me, and allows people to choose not to be insulted.
Alterother, Jul 22 2011

       No, I really didn't get it.
pashute, Jul 24 2011

       // allows people to choose not to be insulted //   

       But what if you're speaking to Americans ... ?
8th of 7, Jul 24 2011

       I am American, but to answer your greater question: most don't understand me, but choose to be insulted anyway.
Alterother, Jul 25 2011


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