Conveying Humor/Irony in E-mail
From: Documania (
Date: Tue, 29 Apr 1997 20:56:52 -0500
Regarding Pam's statement: "Email doesn't allow for humor or other
un-worded intentions to come through."

On another list I subscribe to, we've been dealing with this in any of the
following ways:

adding <g,d&r> to mean "Grin, duck, and run"
using emoticons such as ;)
adding <Fe, Fe, Fe> to indicate "Irony, irony, irony!" (Fe being the
chemical shorthand for iron. Attributed to Geoff Hart at FERIC, on the
Copyediting list.)

All of these work well.

--Carolyn Haley
dcma [at]

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