Email conventions seeping into handwriting

Lindsie Tucker LJT777 at AOL.COM
Mon Aug 2 23:57:19 UTC 1999

My sense is that using the smiling face to indicate humor predates the
"emoticon" by quite some time.   At least I have used it in lieu of something
lame like "ha ha" for a number of years.
I recently found myself saying BRB to someone who is also very familiar with
internet jargon, abbreviations, etc.   As I said it, we looked at each other
and grimaced!

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