Evidently, the "Ah" at the beginning just doesn't cut it as a verbal marker for irony / sarcasm / snark. The comments indicate that several people just took the outcome of yesterday's meeting as a real victory for the IIT FAs. Perhaps they have other, independent evidence to think that way, but I certainly think of it as a hollow victory devoid of any real, substantive concessions.
In addition to being nebulous, autonomy and flexibility are also so cheap that they could be dished out during the course of a broadcast interview!
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I have received three pieces of advice on how to avoid that kind of blogging FAIL:
Just use plain language to convey what you feel.
Use explicit markers (something like [snark] ... [/snark]).
Use emoticons such as :d or :-J. (This is from Giridhar).