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Leigh, I take exception to this comment. I am neither inarticulate or
illiterate and I use "emoticons" and abreviations like IMHO and BTW on a
If I was writing prose, I would not be be sending e-mail, I would be using
a word processor. E-mail has a style all its own. No, it's not prose.
It's a quick and dirty way of sending a message. I could ramble on
forever trying to convey my emotions to you but a :) or :( or :0 or 8) or
even a [:b is much more efficient at getting the point across. It's just
meant as a substitute for the body language and voice inflections of a
regular conversation. Don't be annoyed with them, be happy that the
sender cared enough to let you know how they were feeling.
The abreviations like IMHO and BTW are just that. Long rambling e-mail
messages are annoying to me. Say what you want to say and do it
I agree, but e-mail is a different style. I'm not saying it's OK to write
like a slob, but it is a different media than regular prose or verbal
communication and the rules get bent from time to time.