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  • noun Alternative form of ^_^.


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  • Hello World.

    I've had several discussions with friends about "^^". The point at issue is whether or not it ought to be separated from the text by a whitespace. Here some examples:

    "It's over nine thousand!^^"

    "It's over nine thousand! ^^"

    Perhaps a special whitespace like a thin space would be appropriate.

    Intuitively I used the space at first, but then I observed many other people omitting it and asked them which usage they deem correct. Until recently the outcome of my informal survey remained largely to the disfavor of the whitespace, but now I notice an increasing number of instances of deliberate use of the separating space.

    Smilies are usually separated from the text, while punctuation marks are not. Personally I'm inclined to assign "^^" to the category of smilies, hence my initial use of whitespaces, but lacking solid arguments for my position I yielded to the seeming majority who omitted them.

    Now I don't know anymore what to do or believe, please help!

    Thanks in advance.

    November 6, 2008

  • I think you'll have to tell me what the point is of including these symbols in the first place, before I can offer any opinions on whether there should be a space. :)

    November 6, 2008

  • Cat ears?

    Raised eyebrows?

    Twin peaks?

    November 6, 2008

  • The bottom half of two stick figure men?

    November 6, 2008

  • I usually interpreted them as raised eyebrows. There is a short mention on wikipedia. Perhaps I should statistically analyze chat logs. Later...

    Sleep well, whenever that will be in your timezone.

    November 6, 2008

  • It comes from anime facial expressions, which communicate smiling by narrowing the eyes. ^^ is more or less equivalent to :), but with a little less friendly, and a little more cute.

    November 6, 2008

  • I've always taken ^^ to be an abbreviation of ^_^ (although they always remind me of nekomimi), which I would tend to set apart from the main text as I would other emoticons.

    November 6, 2008

  • It's an indicator of stress levels. Anyone who is ^^ is obviously too tense.

    November 6, 2008

  • Yes! And anyone who is ^^^ is obviously three tense.

    November 6, 2008

  • The version posted by VanishedOne is more commonly used, at least in my experience. Having two forms representing eyebrows without any eyes or other reference features doesn't work for me.

    That said, if it's like a more traditional emoticon (who'd've ever put THOSE two words together??), I'd still put a space before it.

    I like this o_0 better for indicating raised eyebrows.

    November 7, 2008