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  • Message Board Help

  • Emotions on the web (or, What do all those letters and symbols mean?)


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    2)You are now allowed to read messages, but you cannot post messages, without registering or signing-in.

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    Emotions on the Web: How to send the very best!

    When communicating via cyberspace, conveying emotion can be a real challenge. But as the saying goes, 'nature finds a way.' In this case, denizens of the web have developed a language all their own.

    There are symbols, letters and character strings designed specifically to convey those all important emotions - after all, mere words are always open to interpretation. With this in mind, CNN Interactive provides the following short list of such items as you might encounter in a normal chat session or on our message boards.

    A brief 'Emoticon' Primer:

    :) is a smile. Also: ;) wink :-) another smile :0 suprise.
    LOL stands for 'Laugh out loud.'
    IMHO is 'In my humble opinion.' also - IMO, 'In my Opinion.'
    ROFL means the writer is 'Rolling on the floor laughing.'

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    If you have trouble registering, please contact us at Community Feedback!

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