Do you agonize over emoticons?

September 15, 2016 Fun Questions 10

Fun Questions LogoJoin me as I ask a Fun Question that’s been on my mind. I’ll give you my take, but I really hope you’ll jump in with your answers too, since I’m really curious to know what my fellow readers and bloggers think! So today’s question is…

Do you agonize over emoticons?

This is a silly question, but one that’s been on my mind for YEARS. I’m going to show my crazy a bit here…. I’m someone who cares a lot about punctuation and spelling. Not that I always get it right; on the blog I often mess up. BUT I CARE. A LOT. And it bugs me that I don’t really know the emoticon rules. Especially when viewed alongside punctuation.

This really bugs me when I’m typing out a comment on a blog post. I want to express my excitement, happiness, etc. So I’m using exclamation points and happy faces. But then I start thinking, “I just had an exclamation point on the last sentence. I think a happy face would be over kill here.” Or “That’s too many exclamation points, it’s like I’m yelling.” LOL! Am I the only one who does this? I agonize because I also worry that my putting a period doesn’t quite express what I’m feeling.

And don’t even get me started on the * vs {}. I just don’t know what they technically mean — should it be *hugs* or {hugs}? I don’t know and it stresses me out!

So, am I crazy or do you agonize over emoticons?

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10 Responses to “Do you agonize over emoticons?”

  1. Lexxie

    Oh my gosh, Berls! I use the 🙂 and the 😀 and the <3 all the time when I'm writing on the blog (or in comments, or on facebook or in texts…)
    I guess I use the real smiley faces when I'm actually smiling and typing at the same time 🙂 like right now! And then, my smiley face is in lieu of a comma, for example 🙂 Or in the place of a period, like in the sentence before this one.
    Because I care about grammar and punctuation rules, too! A lot 🙂 😉 But I try not to fret about it too much. And since I started blogging, I've stopped saying {hugs} and started saying *hugs* instead. Even if the {} looks more like a hug.
    *hugs* {hugs} 😉 <3
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  2. Lola

    Yes I am the same. It always feels so weird to be using too many sentences that end with a ! so then I chance it up, or when I keep using emoticons. I usually go with *hugs*, not sure why, it feels more natural to me? As far as emoticons and such can even be natural. But {hugs} doesn’t seem too weird either. And when you end a sentence with an emoticon, should there be a punctuation behind it as well or not? You’re definitely not the only one who worries about this.
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  3. Lark

    Great post, and good question! I worry about that, too. I’m a stickler for proper punctuation, and the new conventions are pretty fluid, so it’s confusing. When to put something between asterisks, and when to put it between brackets or curly braces? (I think only hugs get curly braces—meant to look like a person with outstretched arms, perhaps?—but I’m really not sure.) And I only know how to make a few of the emoticons, like the smiley and winky faces. I wouldn’t use any of this stuff in a formal paper, of course. I rarely use them within a review or post, because my “voice” for writing those tends more toward the traditional. But in comments, I usually write closer to my in-person conversational style, and that’s where the emoticons and other new typographical conventions come in handy—if I knew how to do them “right.”
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  4. Melanie Simmons

    I’m a bit of the same way. I have a tendency to use double question marks or double exclamation points. I occasionally use the three dots. I tend to use * for things like *sigh* or *shakes head*. For hugs, I tend to use curly brackets because I think they look like arms going around you. {{hugs}}. I used to use three curly brackets, but then I read that using three parentheses is anti-Semitic (something I had no idea about), so I’ve been debating about going to two or four. Not sure which I like better. When I’m on my phone, I use a lot of the different smiley faces or other pics. Mostly when I’m on the computer, I just do a smiley, frowny or sticks out tongue. 😛 I will say that I’m one of those people who rarely shortens words in tweet. I’m not big on trying to figure out a lot of acronyms. Usually complete sentences too. You’re not alone at all here. 🙂
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    • Berls

      Haha glad I could give you a laugh. Good to know I’m not alone on the exclamation points. For me the emoticons are a lot like exclamation points and when I use them together I get stressed lol!

  5. Bookworm Brandee

    Bwahahahahaha! Omigosh! You aren’t alone in this neurosis, Berls. I am right there with you. (2 exclamation points and 2 periods…it should be okay for me to use a –> 😉 Yep, I’m always trying to convey emotions and it’s hard in print. Plus, I don’t know what the rules for internet/text speak are. I care but I’m always making it up as I go. Oh, and I use * and {} for hugs! But I’ll take them any form when they come my way. 🙂 So you’re not alone – I actually just scanned my comment one more time to see how many exclamation points I’d used. I think I’m good! 😉 {{{{hugs}}}} Happy Thursday!
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    • Berls

      Yay!! I knew someone else would have to share my neurosis, and I should have guessed it would be you. I can’t tell you how often I go back and think that’s too much and delete a smiley or change an exclamation to a period. It’s like you said, emotion is so hard to convey. Happy Thursday! *Hugs* 🙂

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