Since it’s almost 2013 and we still don’t have a sarcasm font, I recommend the use of “vowel with superfluous umlaut” to indicate sarcasm.— TJ Luoma (@tjluoma) December 29, 2012
The problem with online communication is that we don’t have a way to convey tone of voice, so if you say to someone:
Sure, that sounds like a great idea.
They don't know that you really think it’s a terrible idea.
Compare that to this:
Süre, that sounds like a greät idea.
Now your meaning is clear.
Well, hopefully a smart, inquiring person might ask.
If you are on Twitter and want to point people in the right direction, you can reference @sarcasticumlaut at the end of your post, for example:
Süre, that sounds like a greät idea. @sarcasticumlaut
I am thrïlled to be filling out my TPS reports on a Saturday. /@sarcasticumlaut
Twitter will automatically link to the @sarcasticumlaut account so anyone who clicks on it can learn more about it.
Some people have asked what the opposite of the sarcastic umlaut is, and I finally realized the answer: “the bar of emphatic sincerity.”
You look really good.
That should be understood as sincere, because there is no sarcastic umlaut. But what if you wanted to make it clear that you were not only being sincere, you were being extremely sincere?
You look reālly good.
Or you could say:
You look really gōōd.
As with the sarcastic umlaut, you do not need to use the bar (technically, “macron”) over every possible vowel. We’re not animals.
My thānks to Tim and Lindsay for their help in realizing the need for a companion to the SÜ, as well as for being excellent advocates of it.
Honorable mention to Tom Bridge who has, I believe, used the SÜ on Twitter more than anyone else besides me!