Topics pertaining to the use or meaning of symbols other than punctuation in written English

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Meaning of smileys

I understand a lot of purists will try to kill this question within seconds, but I recently received a text message from a friend telling me "I'm afraid my girlfriend dumped me ;)". At first, I told ...
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What does Ï mean in a play?

I just saw this in a play that I'm reading (on p24 of this version of A View From the Bridge by Arthur Miller): Enter Beatrice with coffee. ï What does the ï represent / mean? I can't find it ...