Thursday, January 21, 2010
Welcome to our weekly BlogAnon meeting where we confess a particular blogging sin and turn to you for support, suggestions and that blogging bond so we know we're not all alone. Don't be shy. Read along and let us know if you identify with us this week.
A friend of mine forwarded an e-mail to me recently of random funny thoughts/truths and one of them said "Someone Needs To Create A Sarcasm Font." I have been saying this for years! Sarcasm is my preferred expression of humor. Andy, being the gullible Bumble that he is, has learned over the years to discern my sarcastic statements. But that isn't so easy to do in print.
I am often misunderstood in e-mails and it is all because there is no sarcasm font. What looks and sounds hilarious to me when I type it out doesn't always come across that way to those lacking in the sarcasm gene. A handy little sarcasm font would resolve this problem.
I've seen people try to use Italics or Underlining to signal a joking remark - which really just adds an emphasis on the word, insinuating that they are being extra serious. Others have tried all CAPITALS - which can also be confused with yelling. I am left with the ";0)" winking smiley icon - something I throw out there quite often in comments here in the blogosphere to let people know that I'm just kidding or being silly - since they don't really know me.
But even people who do know me don't get my sarcasm all the time in e-mails. Which leaves me with two options. Stop being myself (a wise ass) or start spelling it out every time, assuming they don't have the capacity to decipher humor versus literal meaning. I'm sure that would be wicked popular. (kidding) See? Isn't that annoying? Like I'm being condescending assuming you wouldn't know I was kidding?
So we need to pick a color or create a font available to all and start spreading the word ASAP that it is forever forward exclusively representative of sarcasm. Until then, I'll continue risking being misunderstood. Because starting an argument in the middle of silly banter is exactly my idea of fun. (kidding)
Do you have issues grasping sarcasm? Or are you a snarky typer too? Which would you nominate as the Sarcasm Font? Or do you have sarcasm signal of your own that we need to know about? Have you ever found yourself in the middle of an e-mail/text argument because your sarcasm was misunderstood? Don't be afraid to share - your blogger thoughts are safe with us!