Simple Tone Tags
WHAT: Tone Tags are used to indicate the tone of a sentence where the wording is potentially ambiguous or misleading.WHY: To avoid misunderstandings when communicating over text, where there is a prominent lack of body language.WHO: Anyone and everyone can benefit from using tone tags, but it is especially helpful to those who are neurodivergent and may struggle with ambiguous writing.HOW: Add the /tonetag to the sentence you are wanting to communicate the tone of. See the examples column.
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|/conf||Confused||Didn't you say you wanted a cup of tea? /conf||Stating one is confused and potentially needs help understanding.|
|/gen||Genuine||I'm happy you are here! /gen||An honest remark with no ulterior motives.|
|/genq||Genuine Question||Why are you doing that? /genq||A question with no ulterior motives or aggressiveness.|
|/hj||Half Joking||The world is on fire. /hj||A joking comment but with a partially serious intent.|
|/hyp||Hyperbole||I could eat a horse! /hyp||An exaggerated statement or non literal claim|
|/j||Joke||What's up? The ceiling. /j||A comment or punchline to cause amusement or laughter|
|/lh||Light Hearted||Your hair is all over the place. /lh||Expressed in an amusing, entertaining, or carefree manner.|
|/lit||Literal||I actually have 10 cats! /lit||Without exaggeration or metaphor, the exact words expressed.|
|/meta||Metaphor||Time is money. /meta||Figure of speech that is usually symbolic.|
|/nah or /naah||Not at anyone here||They're so annoying. /nah||When talking about an external party in the second-person formatting.|
|/nay||Not at you||How dare you! /nay||When talking about a third party in the second-person formatting.|
|/neg||Negative||It's so cold! /neg||Not desirable or wanted.|
|/neu||Neutral||It's rather humid. /neu||Neither positive or negative, usually for noting information or statistics.|
|/npa||Not Passive Aggressive||Do whatever you want. /npa||Synonymous with genuine intent.|
|/nm||Not Mad||You're late today! /nm||Stating one is not angry or mad at a situation.|
|/pos||Positive||The sun is so bright! /pos||Desirable and wanted.|
|/ref||Reference||The cake is a lie. /ref||A mention or citation from another source of information.|
|/rh||Rhetorical Question||What's not to like? /rh||To make a statement rather than to have a question answered.|
|/s or /sarc||Sarcasm||I'm so happy to be here. /sarc||Using irony to mock or convey contempt.|
Please note, this is just a small and simplified list of tone tags, mainly used for professional or mature purposes only. There are other guides online with more expansive lists.
See here for a larger list.