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Wednesday, September 18, 2013
As a general rule, I can’t stand emoticons. But the “thumbs-up” from Facebook, popular from the site’s “like” function, is an exception to my little rule. Or was.
For instance, the other day, something great happened to a friend of mine. I wanted to congratulate her, so I sent her an email, typing in the html for “thumbs up.” On paper, it looks like this: (y)
Problem was, the e-mail wasn’t in html, so my friend literally received an email that stated “(y)” — and it made no sense at all.
“I thought you were saying ‘Why?’ my friend replied. “And I was thinking, ‘I have no idea. What did I just do?’ LOL.”
Now, “LOL” works, as much as I hate it. I’m pretty sure my friend wasn’t actually laughing out loud, but it denotes that a funny thing has happened, and it works better than would LOTI — “laughing on the inside.” And it works better than TIRABNSMTILLOL — “This is relatively amusing but no so much that I’m literally laughing out loud.” Best for “LOL” is that it’s versatile, working both in the real and virtual worlds.
But that (Y) thingy? Thumbs down. Huge thumbs down.
— Tad Dickens