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Should smiley be merged into quotation marks as if it were punctuation?

I don't like to "move it, move it ;-)."

cf. Did she say "you shall?"

Or be kept outside quotation marks, as a word?

I don't like to "move it, move it" ;-)

cf. Sure you can "move it, move it" wink

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    This is really straightforward. Is the smiley part of the quote or not? – RegDwigнt May 14 '14 at 12:28
  • no smiley is not part of quoted text. – Dima Tisnek May 15 '14 at 8:01
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Outside. A smiley is a facial or body gesture. Those gestures are often conveyed with speech, outside the quotes.

Wrong/Weird

John said, "I want you to go over there and smack his ass (while winking)."


Right

John said with a wink, "I want you to go over there and smack his ass."

Emoticons should be handled in the same manner. (If they have to be used.)

  • I take it you don't like the use of ':-)';-) – Edwin Ashworth May 14 '14 at 16:53
  • I would stoop to it if I met some 20 year old coed. – RyeɃreḁd May 14 '14 at 17:03

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