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Smiley Faces and Parentheses

I get questions like this a lot (and they amuse me :-) ).

I get questions like this a lot (and they amuse me.) :-)

Mignon Fogarty is the author of six writing books, including the new books 101 Misused Words You’ll Never Confuse Again, 101 Words Every High School Graduate Needs to Know, and Grammar Girl Presents the Ultimate Writing Guide for Students.

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2 Comments so far (Add 1 more)

  1. What’s up with the bash on emoticons? Use the smiley to close the parentheses. Smile. It only takes 10 muscles. Frowning takes 43 (or so they say :-) .

    1. J. Nortworthy on July 23rd, 2011 at 1:32 AM
  2. Yay! I will steal this and hand it out to everyone I know!

    2. Amy on July 21st, 2011 at 1:22 PM