The holy grail, mission impossible, “pigs can fly” of the written word – how do you convey sarcasm in writing?
You get the ‘#not’, the *Sarcasm*, the , the friendly lol spin on what essentially is criticism, and worse the ‘only joking’ (with that awkward ‘or am I joking?’ scenario). However, finally sarcasm has become understandable for what it really it is – what my mother likes to call “the lowest form of humour”, with the invention of the sarcastic font. Just what the world needed… or is it. Even here my thinly veiled attempt at sarcasm faulters. Thus, as more of a cynic than someone who is naturally sarcastic, I would use the sarcastic font just to differentiate between the two – the text equivalent of smiling after you speak, or giving a wink post “Britain is so hot at this time of year” for example.
The sarcastic font consists of a typeface that renders sarcastic comments in reverse italic script, which I wish I could do here but it seems that WordPress is not quite up to it (yet at least*). The whole website (and presumably the typographer creator) behind the idea is notably sarcastic. So sarcastic in fact that I struggle* to establish whether the “movement” is the revolution it describes, or a mockery of one. However, I am all for increasing subtlety in the English language, so for that to change, I am in.
* – another potential use of sarcastic font.
And because I could not resist, here are the website‘s key tips on using the sarcastic font-
1. Use to your own natural level of sarcasm. (note that a sharp rise in the use of sarcasm may change one’s circle of friends)
2. Unless you’re writing a long sarcastic rant, it’s most effective to highlight a phrase or two in a sarcastic font than to write an entire note in it.
3. Bold a sarcastic font for really sarcastic comments.
4. A sarcastic font is especially useful when writing to others in a foreign language. They may not understand what you’re saying, but they’ll know it’s sarcastic.