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Is a smiley at the end of a sentence like a period?

How do you treat an emoticon at the end of a sentence? He probably caught his cold from the kids at school :( Should there be a period after the :(, or should I go straight into the next ...
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Should emoticons be regarded as punctuation marks?

According to Wikipedia, “[p]unctuation marks are symbols that indicate the structure and organization of written language, as well as intonation and pauses to be observed when reading aloud”. Does ...
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What is the emoticon “:hsugh:”? [closed]

Some forums have this emoticon: :hsugh: that you could choose to post with your messages. The resulting graphic looks like this: What's the meaning of this emoticon? What emotion does it convey?
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Were emoticon-analogues used in the past?

I don't mean the set of smileys we use today which are surely a result of the keys on a keyboard. What I do mean is: In casual conversation before the creation of the personal computer, did people ...
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What does “shades” mean? [closed]

Quoted from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_emoticons, here is an explanation of some emoticons: 8-) shades I was wondering what does "shades" mean here? Does it mean smile?
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Feeling VS Sensing [closed]

What is the difference between feeling and sensing? They are synonyms but for me they sound as the same thing. I've read somewhere that feeling is more about emotions (sadness, happiness, love), ...
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What emotions do :3 and :S convey? [closed]

Often I find people in the chat using emoticons. Most are simple to decipher, but I can't figure out what these two mean. :3 and :S What do they mean?