Is it (*sniff) or (/sniff)?
I’m reminiscing nostalgically on a personal blog and I want to insert an onomatopoeic sniff.
My days spent raiding dungeons in Hibernia are long over (/sniff) but …
I want the reader to know that I actually audibly sniffed a nostalgic sniff as I wrote that. I know there are no rules. I want to know what common conventions are out there and where they come from. I also feel that I am out of touch with what the younger cool kids are doing these days.
- (/sniff) This looks like an “emote” command common in (older?) online RPGs. I used to use this one a lot but refrain these days as the style choice is one only appreciated by a certain subculture of online gamers.
- (*sniff) I have seen this style before. I don’t know where it came from but it looks a bit like a comment in computer code.
- (sniff) Just putting the onomatopoeia in brackets seems a little unimaginative.
Are there other popularly recognised styles for inserting onomatopoeia out there?