Southern sarcasm is hard to write because it’s delivered in a straight voice, making it hard to discern whether it’s ridicule or serious–or both! What it does do–its first use–is to tell the truth about things often covered up. Telling the story with the judgement removed or withheld makes it safe to tell and reveals the truth, but the withheld judgement implies a holding of the nose. I use an exclamation point (!) called the “perlo exclamation!” to symbolize the holding of the nose–the idea of something smells.