Hate with a passion that I normally save for inanimate objects that I have stubbed my toe on.
Despite my laissez-faire attitude towards punctuation in practice, I applaud it in theory. And I fear a time in the future when emoticons might become part of our punctuation arsenal. Imagine getting your exercise book back and the teacher has scrawled over it in red pen -
"After a jokingly abusive term you should use a ;-) not a :-), which is only used to denote feelings of pure joy."
My refusal to use them has probably lost me many a blogging friend, as I write an amusingly tongue-in-cheek response and that is interpreted literally as a straight forward insult. But given the choice of risking that or using emoticons, well ... see ya. (An emoticon at this juncture would be useful).
Today, however, I succumbed. I sent the husband a following text:
Can you make sure you finish work in a timely fashion tonight, and come home and hump me before we go out. I got a :-).
I think in the context of illustrating a smile on the ovulation test the use of an emoticon is appropriate.
The two week wait starts here.
PS I could have written something a little more subtle and seductive like, "Hey Big Boy, I've been thinking about you all day and I can't wait for you to get home. I'll be wearing just my smile.", but he'd only have assumed I'd sent it to him by mistake.
PPS Yes, I upgraded the double line test to the more expensive digital variety when it didn't give me the result I wanted. It worked!