Explain please :)(28 posts)
Oh wow.. I didn't even realize you guys didn't know! They're faces. "Emoticons," actually. Tilt your head 90 degrees left.
:) happy =)
:( sad =(
I use XD sometimes.. it's laughing. The X is squinty eyes and D is an open mouth. XD
=P is tongue.. which means half serious I guess.
On the topic of emoticons I think some like the happy face or sad face can be useful at times but other ones are just unnecessary and if it's an image it just leaves you wondering what the heck it is.
The same with Internet acronyms like IANAL, LOL and such.
It took forever for me to finally remember what ones like IANAL mean without having to Google them every time I saw them.
There are still some I have to Google when I see them.
To correct myself I do know common ones like IANAL and IMHO but it's the other less common ones used in slashdot comments and mailing lists that I can't remember.
As for fun I don't think there ever was any.
For image smiley faces they all look quite similar so it's hard to know which it is.
For unknown acronyms in posts it's just annoying.
Especially when the words could have been typed faster then the acronym in most cases.
I don't even know what IANAL is. I use IMHO occasionally. Probably the most useful one I use is IRT (in reply to) and I've seen you use OP before too. =P Faces come in handy simply because people tend to take things they read the wrong way and the face can help convey that there is no hostility.
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