Re: IMHO and :>)

[ Follow Ups ] [ Post Followup ] [ TubeNet BBS ] [ FAQ ]

Posted by Cyber Geek on December 28, 1999 at 23:40:54:

In Reply to: IMHO and :>) posted by Billy Bob Hick on December 28, 1999 at 19:30:53:

These symbols hark from the "Dark Ages" (in computer terms) when only standard text could be transmitted (unlike nowadays where we have fancy typefaces, pictures, soundfiles, etc., etc.)

Abbreviations were very popular when memory/bandwidth/capacity was limited and the smaller the file size, the better. They was also handy for "live" keyboard communication, where speed and time was of the essence. As with all "jargon", there was certainly an element of deliberate exclusion of those not "in the know".

Clearly these days, if you want to give yourself the best chance of being understood, it is best to avoid all but the basic abbreviations... and even then one risks confusing and alienating some readers... illustrated clearly by this thread's title, and the other (all slightly different) reponses...


1. IMHO. Gerenally regarded as "In My Humble Opinion" (as opposed to "honest").

2. SMILEYS ("emoticons"... gawd, who thought THAT one up?)

Correct standard smileys have a hyphen nose... :-)



the semi-colon denotes a teardrop from the eye... a mock (or real) sob.

Placing emotions between these < > is also common e.g. to denote jocularity/sarcasm.


Back on topic now... Tuba !

Follow Ups: