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    Re: Language and communication.
    From: Bill B
    Date: 2007 Mar 22, 20:45 -0400

    > From: "George Huxtable" 
    
    > This list has a minority of contributors to whom English is not their
    > native language, and an unknown number of lurkers in the same
    > category. Sometimes they struggle to understand what goes on, and we
    > should be careful not to add to their alienation.
    
    I just caught myself keyboarding FYI (for your information) and changed it.
    
    To what extent to do internet dwellers who do not speak English (either
    flavour) understand abbreviations like LOL (laugh out loud), IMHO (in my
    humble opinion),  (grin) etc.?
    
    Are these understood across languages/cultures due to the power of the net,
    or are they specific to English speaking members?
    
    The above question caused me to wonder about the universality of emoticons.
    I was surprised to learn Asians have their own set where the head does not
    have to be turned 90d to read them.  For example:
    
    d^_^b or d-_-b    listening to music
    {at}-_-{at}             Princess Leia (That cracked me up [that amused me].)
    
    For more, check out:
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emoticon#Simple_examples
    
    Bill
    
    
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