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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
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.
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