Saturday, 12 May 2012

Laugh out loud

Glancing over something I wrote five years ago in my book Queuing for Beginners ...

Email occupied a confusing middle ground between the premeditation of a letter and the expressiveness of a phone call. To compensate for the absence of verbal intonation in email, early users of message boards used ‘emoticons’ and ‘smileys’ to denote things like ‘only joking’ and ‘happy,’ and acronyms such as LOL (laugh out loud, sometimes embarrassingly mistaken for ‘lots of love’).

... I must conclude, with a heavy heart, that the prime minister is not one of my regular readers.

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