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 Post subject: What does <g> mean?
 Post Posted: Tue Feb 23, 2010 10:51 pm 
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We do this enough that I wanted to write a defiinitive post on the subject.

Recently Mike and I were asked:
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Whats this mean <g> ? You 2 always do that

That's because we're old, or at least I am. <g> I've actually been asked that before, which is weird to me because I've been using it for some 30 years now and tend to think everybody just intuitively knows what it is. The <g> "grin" is an ASCII text-based shorthand or form of "emoticon" from the early '80s. It is essentially another form of a "smiley" such as :), albeit with what I perceive to be a more sophisticated and often sarcastic intent.

The <g> "grin" was very popular on pre-internet BBS (Bulletin Board Systems) and other text-based message forums in the '80s, especially the Compuserve forums, many of which I was participating on as early as '81 with my Apple ][+. Mike was there too, in fact we met on the Compuserve Classic "Cars" forum in the mid-'90s, (we each owned an Impala SS at the time). There is a small grin <g>, and a big grin <G>. I'm a bit shy and reserved, so I usually use the small one. <g> Scott.


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 Post subject: Re: What does <g> mean?
 Post Posted: Sat Feb 27, 2010 11:48 am 
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Gotcha! Now I know.


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 Post subject: Re: What does <g> mean?
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So did big V8's with lots of power and (insert swear word here) gas mileage get <G>? lol

And did rusty in-line 6's (that's big for Blighty btw) get a <g> or maybe <f> (Frown?)


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 Post subject: Re: What does <g> mean?
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I always thought it meant it meant giggle.


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 Post subject: Re: What does <g> mean?
 Post Posted: Mon Nov 22, 2010 6:01 pm 
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Hey just saw this and I would have guessed at gee - whizz? lol!! Am going to take this one up as a local forum I use has a whole lot of acronyms IMHO OT OP etc etc.


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 Post subject: Re: What does <g> mean?
 Post Posted: Tue Nov 23, 2010 7:51 am 
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Excellent, maybe the old-school grin will make a comeback. As for me, I'll continue using it just as I always have. <g> Scott.


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