Bloggers, font-sluts, sisters in snark, and devotees to the Church of Sarcasm…
This is, perhaps, the best idea I’ve heard in ages: The Sarcastic Font movement. The website is here at Sarcastic Font. They have a short manifesto, a usage guide, and their goals include encouraging developers to create more sarcastic fonts and design a Word macro, a “S” button, for sarcasm, that will sit next to the B/bold, I/italics, and U/underline buttons in your Word formatting toolbar.
As part of their “Sarcastic Font Usage Guide“:
- 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)
- 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.
- Bold a sarcastic font for really sarcastic comments.
- 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.
Brilliant. Fucking brilliant.
Or should I say…
So this whole sarcastic font thing started in 2004. I’m a little late to the party. So what?