Tuesday, August 02, 2005

But I have a comic book vocabulary.

FAQ # 6


Maybe so, but we’re all in varying states of verbal transition. (And in reality, comic book adjectives aren't too shabby... Vigilant? Invincible?) What matters is that you’re on the escalator. The upstart Project is giving you a chance to do what your culture would never encourage—add to your verbal arsenal.

Go on, do it. Then try out your new weapons. The VRP’s got your back.


Anonymous Lynn S said...

Hi, I just found the VRP a little while ago. I linked to you and, well, let's just say I got a little wordy. ;-) You don't mind emoticons do you? I know some people hate them but sometiems they're so useful.

9:19 AM  
Blogger Ariel said...

Oh boy, the emoticon controversy. This combustible topic should probably be addressed in a post.

In short, emoticons may be occasionally justified when they clarify an otherwise ambiguous sentence or idea. (Say, wry humor some might erroneously take seriously.)

In general, I think they're over-used, often as a substitute for clear writing.

10:55 AM  
Blogger Ariel said...

Oop! I forgot to mention a crucial caveat. :(

Emoticons are also appropriate when one is intentionally being melodramatic.

10:02 PM  
Anonymous Lynn S said...

The Internet has given us another kind of writing: written conversation. I think emoticons should only be used in conversation but never more traditional kinds of writing. I use them a lot in comments and on message boards (or used to, I don't go to message boards much anymore.)

I have to admit to a weakness for cute little gifs. I would use them in most of my blog posts if I didn't keep reminding myself that a lot of people hate these things.

6:02 AM  

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