Re: Net signs

From: Wade T.Smith (
Date: Wed Mar 20 2002 - 23:38:24 GMT

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    Hi Philip Jonkers -

    >Most of you are familiar with a phenomenon known as net signs.

    I first heard them called 'emoticons', and I like that name a whole lot
    better. ;-)

    These days, with the advent of the instant messaging softwares so avidly
    taken up by teenagers and preteenagers, the emoticons (also called
    'smileys') are being replaced by actual small icons or images, complete
    with text at times.

    The early ascii email clients did not provide any way to indicate
    sarcasm, or irony, or just plain fooling around, so some indications had
    to be made to indicate such incursions of fancy.

    They are still, IMHO, a necessary part of netiquette to learn.

    There are probably a few hundred of them in ascii form.

    - Wade

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