As explained elsewhere, e-mail is often written in a chatty, informal manner but when it is received it appears as stark black and white with no hint of emotion or context. The judicious use of a few emoticons can go a long way to avoiding misunderstandings or causing unintended offence. It is far safer to put a smilie :-) after a comment you intend to be taken lightly than to lose a friend or spend time smoothing hurt feelings.

Emoticons

     
Writer...
(:-)
...is bald
|:-)
...has bushy eyebrows
:*)
...has got a cold
8-)
...wears glasses
:-)
...is happy
:-x
...sends a kiss
:-D
...is laughing out loud
:-|
...is stern-faced
|:]
...is Robocop
:-(
...is sad
O:-)
...is a saint
:-O
...is shocked
:-V
...is shouting
|-)
...is/was sleeping
:o)
...is stout
:O)
...is really stout
:-\
...is undecided
:-/
(or is it this way?)
:-[
...is a vampire
;-)
...is winking
      Acronyms

AFAIK
As Far As I Know
BFN
Bye For Now
BTDT
Been There, Done That
BTW
By The Way
EOD
End Of Discussion
FAQ
Frequently Asked Question
FITB
Fill In The Blank
FUBAR
Fouled Up Beyond All Recognition
FWIW
For What It's Worth
FYI
For Your Information
GD&R
Grin, Duck and Run
GMTA
Great Minds Think Alike
HTH
Hope That Helps
IAC
In Any Case
IIRC
If I Recall Correctly
IMHO
In My Humble Opinion
IOW
In Other Words
IUD
Insert Usual Disclaimers
LOL
Laugh(ing) Out Loud
NBD
No Big Deal
OTOH
On The Other Hand
PBKAC
Problem (is) Between Keyboard And Chair
POV
Point Of View
ROFL
Roll On Floor Laughing
ROFLOL
Roll On Floor Laughing Out Loud
RTFI
Read The Flaming Instructions!
SOP
Standard Operational Procedure
TIA
Thanks In Advance
TLA
Three Letter Acronym
TPTB
The Powers That Be

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