So according to some luminaries the Dutch language desperately needed an 'irony sign'. What does this mean? That most people can no longer distinguish an ironic subtext? (Probably) Or that language is now for the remainder of its existence condemned to irony? (Even more probable).
It seems to me that I am going to be around long enough to attend the actual death of language. Not too much to worry about then, since we have already attended the death of all meaning.