"Grin" and "End of Message" In Emoticons

I’m perfectly fine being subjected to riducule when I innoculously ask my friends, "Hey – have you heard of this guy Kanye West?" eight months after he’s blown up on the pop culture scene. But I’m NOT okay not knowing the latest emoticons. Here are two I recently learned.

  1. <g> – This means "grin," apparently. I’ve only encountered two people in the whole world who use this emoticon instead of the more standard " 🙂 ". Beware of those Colorado people always trying to be different.
  2. <eom> – Ramit Sethi just used this on me again, to signal the end of a message when exchanging quick notes in the subject line of emails. In an earlier message I thought it meant the same as "<g>" or ":-)" but alas, after looking it up, Ramit is not smiling at me, he’s saying "I’m done, now leave me alone." Damn.

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