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Since a computer screen can't convey tone of voice sometimes a comment can be taken wrong. Comments like "I just received a pre-approved credit card application for a secured account with only 22.5% interest with a $50 annual fee. I think I'll rush right out and apply for two accounts :-) " The "smiley" on the end is trying to show how to take this. If a message has more smilies than text it is annoying, but used sparingly smilies help convey meaning.

TYPEING IN ALL CAPS LIKE THIS IS CONSIDERED SHOUTING. Using all caps can give emphasis though for example. The next time I tell you to put a rock under the wheel I mean ROCK.

There are some acronyms that get commonly used I won't even claim to know most of them, but here are a few.

LOL Laughing Out Load
ROFLOL Rolling On the Floor Laughing Out Load
IMHO In My Humble Opinion
IMNSHO In My Not So Humble Opinion
FYI For Your Information

I try not to dash off a heated response without putting thought into the writing. More often than not a quick response with lots of emotion and no thought is a "flame" and the whole message would have been better if left unposted.

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