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the sarcasm punctuation mark - ^
   according to wikipedia, "The caret /ˈkærət/ is an inverted V-shaped grapheme. It is the spacing character ^ in ASCII (at code point 5Ehex) and other character sets that may also be called a hat, control, uparrow, or less frequently chevron, xor sign, to the [power of], pointer (in Pascal),[1] or wedge. Officially, this character is referred to as circumflex accent in both ASCII[2] and Unicode[3] terminology (because of its historical use in overstrike), whereas caret refers to a similar but lowered Unicode character: U+2038 ‸ caret. Additionally, there is another lowered variant with a stroke: U+2041 ⁁ caret insertion point.[4] The caret and circumflex are not to be confused with other chevron-shaped characters, such as U+028C ʌ latin letter turned v or U+2227 ∧ logical and, which may occasionally be called carets too."
   blah blah blah. i call bullshit! screw all that! i say we hijack and recycle ^ to denote sarcasm when used in text based commentary in emails, on web sites, social networks, such as twitter and facebook, and in any other of your sarcastic writing endeavors, when placed after the usual punctuation at the end of your sentence.
   for example: you might type, "i would love to go to church with you." and by all appearances, the reader mistakenly thinks you really want to go to church with them, even though you are serving up a heaping helping of sarcastic diatribe. when you add the ^ at the end, "i would love to go to church with you.^" is easily read as, "i would love to go to church with you when hell freezes over".
   brrr, can you feel the cold sting of sarcasm?
   now many of you will say, "it's not officially recognized". well, neither was stupid LOL and that never stopped every 12 year old girl and guys that want to be 12 year old girls from using it to death. i've heard LOL is in some dictionaries now and that is just wrong.
   it's easy to stick a ^ to the end of your sarcastic comment. it's found on every keyboard and in the symbol menu on every device.
   join me on the vanguard to a new way of communicating textural sarcastic smartassedness.

i appreciate your continued patronage.^

phil
 

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