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  • Started 6 years ago by Lighthouse
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Lighthouse
Lighthouse
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Can anyone give me a definitive definition as to what all these :) =) (and others) mean in this this modern age, and don't cite Wiki please

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whs
whs
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Very good question Lighthouse. I was wondering too. It must be an amaricanism.

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Lighthouse
Lighthouse
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Ahh...the old country! (and why we don't live there now)

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taybay
taybay
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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.

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whs
whs
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Hi taybay, I knew you would have the answer. Thanks. I'll keep your answer and pin it to the wall so that I can remember. WHS

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Lighthouse
Lighthouse
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I know what they are called. I just want a definitive definition of what they each mean.

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taybay
taybay
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Oh ok well now you know! =P

Also watch for ones like >.< (laughing eyes) and o.O (shocked eyes).

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Scott
Scott
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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emoticon

They'll be a quiz in the morning.

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whs
whs
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Scott, we'll be studying all night.

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Scott
Scott
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;)

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whs
whs
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winking smile with nose

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Lighthouse
Lighthouse
Posts: 13598

winking smile without nose

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Scott
Scott
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Lighthouse
Lighthouse
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uuuuugh!!!!

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Scott
Scott
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You're allergic to straight teeth?

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jd2066
jd2066
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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.

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Scott
Scott
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I guess the fun stops now, IMHO.

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jd2066
jd2066
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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.

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taybay
taybay
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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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whs
whs
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Very right taybay, especially with jd you have to be careful what you are saying. He takes the surgical "wordknife" and pulls things apart.=P

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