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The smileys

  1. Oct 1, 2005 #1

    JamesU

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    I think everyone at GD is waiting for the :puppyeyes: and :groan: smileys...

    I also think we need a :blank: smiley:

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    EDIT- whoops! this is supposed to be in feedback and announcements
     
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  3. Oct 1, 2005 #2

    honestrosewater

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    Hm, I could have sworn I just posted this last week. I must be giong crazy. Anywho, Moonbear found a good :groan: smiley. And I ran across a smiley that we absolutely MUST have:
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    Oh please, oh please, oh please! Use your powers for good! :biggrin:

    I would trade :mad: for it. Does anyone even like :mad: ? I think :grumpy: is better.
     
  4. Oct 1, 2005 #3

    JamesU

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    I hate :mad: I don't use it
     
  5. Oct 1, 2005 #4
    But he is one of your buddies?
     
  6. Oct 1, 2005 #5
    Ehhemmm, it is "smilies"
     
  7. Oct 1, 2005 #6

    Moonbear

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    I don't know about the blank smiley, but cronxeh posted an absolutely adorable, must-have doh! smiley in the TKC thread. Maybe the upgrade will be a good time to introduce new smilies. :biggrin:
     
  8. Oct 1, 2005 #7

    honestrosewater

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    All of the dictionaries I looked in pluralize it as smileys. Maybe you guys are thinking of -y being pluralized as -ies? There are some other words ending with -ey that are pluralized -eys. pulley... er... this was interesting a few seconds ago. :zzz:
     
  9. Oct 1, 2005 #8

    Evo

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    Your dictionary link is to the singular smiley and that's correct for the singular. Although both smileys and smilies can be found in the dictionary, the acceptable name (for computer geeks) for the plural form is smilies.
     
  10. Oct 1, 2005 #9
    Hmm, well in all my years on the net, I have always seen smilies, and used smilies. I could of course be wrong.


    MB, I too think the new forum would be a good time to throw in some new ones, and fixed the surprised one :smile:
     
  11. Oct 1, 2005 #10
    Look at the bottom of pf. Check the screenshot! It is smilies!!!!! :tongue2:

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  12. Oct 1, 2005 #11

    Evo

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    Well that settles it, we're RIGHT!!! It's SMILIES. :approve:

    Good work mattmns. (slides GOOBF card into Mattmns' computer)
     
  13. Oct 1, 2005 #12

    EnumaElish

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    I guess the answer will depend on whether smiley is rooted in smile or simile (as in similar).

    I used to think it's the former until I realized only about half can be said to be "smiling" in any meaningful sense of the word "smile."
     
  14. Oct 1, 2005 #13

    JamesU

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    yeah, but he stole $50 from me :grumpy:
     
  15. Oct 1, 2005 #14

    Moonbear

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    I've even seen websites where the singular was spelled smilie. :rofl: Nobody said computer geeks know how to spell. :rofl:
     
  16. Oct 2, 2005 #15

    honestrosewater

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    More dictionaries list the plural form in the entry for smiley than show up in the results for smileys. I wasn't telling anyone how to spell it, and I think most dictionaries claim to be descriptive instead of prescriptive. So I think it's interesting that they list smileys but not smilies. I'm more interested in finding a rule for either spelling, but I'm probably alone in that anyway so... eh. Is there a :slinking away: smiley anywhere?
     
  17. Oct 2, 2005 #16

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    If you click on the entry at PF for "smilies," the one that mattmns posted the screenshot of, the singular spelling used is "smilie." The real problem here is that neither is technically correct, because the adjectival form of the verb "to smile" is "smiling." They should be called "smiling faces," not "smiley faces" or "smilie faces." Of course, then we cut off the word "faces" for the purposes of our slang, and begin using an adjective as a noun without changing the form at all! Using "smiling" as a noun would stick out like a sore thumb, but no one even seems to notice when we use "smiley" that way. And English is so grammatically depraved that any word that is widely used becomes acceptable and makes it way into the dictionaries, even if it follows no rules and confuses the heck out of amateur linguists like honestrosewater.
     
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  18. Oct 2, 2005 #17

    Evo

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    They're emoticons. Happy now? :wink:
     
  19. Oct 2, 2005 #18

    loseyourname

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    That is a better term, but I hate the damn things either way.
     
  20. Oct 2, 2005 #19
    Evo, I was about to call them emoticons too, until I looked up the definition of emoticon. Which I interpreted to be as :), :0, :D ,not actual image smilies.

    lyn, I posted how to block the smilies with css now, and it works quite well. I have yet to see any of the pf ones :)
     
  21. Oct 2, 2005 #20

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    I like being creative with language. Some things about English do annoy me at times, but I find most of its quirks charming. :smile:
     
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