Have you ever tried to send a sarcastic comment in an email, only to be taken literally?
Well there is a solution: a new piece of punctuation called the sarcasm mark.
US company Sarcasm Inc. has designed the sarcasm mark, or SarcMark, which looks like an open circle with a dot in the centre. It has released software for computers and mobile phones that can be downloaded for a mere $1.99.
The company said putting the SarcMark after an online statement will give the reader visual confirmation that the statement he or she is reading, is, in fact, sarcastic.
"The written word has question marks and exclamation points to document those thoughts, BUT sarcasm has NOTHING! In today’s world with increasing commentary, debate and rhetoric, what better time could there be than NOW, to ensure that no sarcastic message, comment or opinion is left behind Equal Rights for Sarcasm - Use the SarcMark."
Now you can add this vital piece of punctuation to your literary store (insert SarcMark).
The only rub to this story is we suspect Sarcasm inc. is being sarcastic.