We do this enough that I wanted to write a defiinitive post on the subject.
Recently Mike and I were asked:
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.