Introducing the long-awaited sarcasm point.

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Dec. 21 2004 6:28 AM

A Giant Step Forward for Punctuation¡

Introducing the long-awaited sarcasm point.

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Red states will be slower to come along, perhaps. The first sarcasm point won't work its way into the Republican Party platform until 2028, into a Georgia English textbook until 2032, and won't appear in a prayer book until, I'm guessing, 2080. But the spread will be inevitable, kind of like civil unions.

Williams Safire and F. Buckley, chiefs of the language police, are retiring not two moments too soon. Let the organized grammatical crime commence¡

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Do yourself a favor. Begin today. Suck in and cough out this little virus of an idea. Beam the meme. Use it at weddings, bar mitzvahs, and funerals¡Try to keep it under wraps at gay coming out parties.

I mean it¡

And since I'm going to copyright this bugger, you'll have to type¡© But don't worry. You can take the copyright symbol ironically.

Josh Greenman, a former speechwriter for Joe Lieberman and Rudy Giuliani, contributes to the Onion. Seriously.