Emoticons, maybe, but for goddsakes no "LOL"!
(Here is my favorite NY times article today, for your reading (and linking) pleasure. If you don't have an account, it's free, and possibly one of the last bastions of credible journalism these days...)
My theory was that the more emoticons a person used with you (via text or email), the more they wanted to get in your pants. Little did I realize there was an entire evolutionary response to things that can look like a face. In reality =( does soften the blow of bad news, and =) and ;) can make you feel as giddy as a teenager - if used in the right context. But as an editor and journalist, please do not submit anything to me that has "LOL". I will rip my fucking hair out. And for the record, I'd take a "hahahahaha" a "mwahahaha" and a "pwahahah" over an "LOL" anyday. But I guess I'm old-fashioned?
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