Adam Rice wrote in response to the discussion of ‘ironics’, or backwards-slanting italics, in Irony & Sarcasm marks, part 2:
I’ve occasionally seen reverse-italics on headstones dating from the 1800s, but I’m confident they’re not being used in a tongue-in-cheek manner.1
Adam was good enough to provide some examples; one can be seen below, and more are available in this photo set and others at his Flickr account. I have to agree with him — this is very definitely not an ironic use of ironics.
Also, Kirill Grouchnikov mentions ironics in a post on Google+:
Keith Houston is back with another installment that provides an eclectic mix of history, gossip and typography, with a slightly jarring insistence on using the word “alphabet” for what is just a typeface.2
I’ve commented previously on the distinction between a simple variation in font style and an entirely new ‘alphabet’, but I’m no typographer. Can any Shady Characters readers shed some light on what makes roman and italic letters different alphabets, and whether ironics qualify or not?
Anyway, thanks again for all the comments, tweets and posts, and check back on October 2nd for Irony & Sarcasm marks, part 3!