I popped into a Zoom Meeting late, just as someone said, “Oh, so Ellen’s not being snarky with this spreadsheet entry,” surprised that in this one instance I was sincere.
It made me think I need to dial back my snark, and then I thought, “No, they should be able identify when I am sincere or snarky, I have a ‘tell’.”
My tell is the word ‘perhaps’.
”Maybe they need us to work late.” - sincere
“Perhaps they need us to work late.” - snark
Perhaps I’m being too snarky at work. More likely, maybe not.