I’m sure it doesn’t bug anyone but word nerds, but, since you’re reading this blog, I’m assuming that you question it as well.
Do you use other punctuation when you use an emoticon?
I love it when it rains!
I love it when it rains
It seems strange to use three different punctuation symbols, especially when they aren’t converted to little faces like they are above.
The easy answer is to avoid using emoticons. And, of course, I do in formal communication. (You can read IDK = I Doubt You’ll Get a (Positive) Response for my views of emoticons in professional communication).
But there are times (for example, text messages or Twitter posts) when I find myself wanting to use an emoticon to ensure that my post isn’t misinterpreted. Being a word nerd, I also want to make sure to use proper punctuation, but I don’t know what to do!
Let’s Talk Nerdy!
What do you think? Is other punctuation needed when using emoticons? If so, where should it be placed?