Don’t Disparage the Emoticon: Why We Need Them In Our E-mails :-) (Lifehacker)

While good writing effectively imparts tone, e-mail in its brevity is often bereft of identifiable emotion. Much is lost in the language of the inbox, which is why those text signals of facial expressions, emoticons (a combination of the words “emotion” and “icon”), informal and seemingly silly, writes columnist Adam Dachis, “may actually be the best way of bringing additional meaning to your e-mails.”


  1. Peter H. Dragonas, M. D.,'59 says:

    “Say what you mean and mean what you say.” Writing styles and the use of language can be consistent to the individual writer. The laconic and dry style of expression used in hi-tech communication can be appropriate to the subject matter. Try reading research articles in any discipline. Appropriately, one is directed to a rather dry form of expression. When one uses the hi-tech method of communication, I believe there is a guard against the possibility that other persons may read one’s product. The addition of symbols to the script becomes additional and unneccesary. The chance to write one’s own letter giving all the emotion you feel is always a choice.


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