Why the Internet Tilde Is the Most Perfect Piece of Snark We Have

Why the Internet Tilde Is the Most Perfect Piece of Snark We Have

The tilde is 3,000 years old, but is there any grapheme that’s more ~of the times~? The little traveling worm, originally designed to convey approximation (and used in Spanish and Portuguese to denote certain sounds), expresses so much more: strangeness, emotional and physical distance — but perhaps most importantly, sarcasm.

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