Grammatical Smilie Rules?

So…if I terminate a sentence with a smilie, should I add a period? When I do, it looks like my smilie has a beauty mark, or forgot to use its napkin.

My IMHO…a smilie shall henceforth be treated as a distinct grammatical punctuation object, with all rights, honours and privileges bestowed thereupon, and not as some inline meta-editorial subscript.

Well, since a smiley is not a part of “accepted” grammar and punctuation, all the rules get thrown out the window, if you decide to use one.

FWIW though, when I add a smiley, I don’t use a period. When I need to use an exclamation mark, I’ll use it at the end of the sentence, then add a smiley after the exclamation mark.

I usually end my sentence with the appropriate punctuation, then add the smilie. :smiley:

What about when you want to put a smiley at the end of something parenthetical (like this :))? That’s the one I always struggle with. Although it’s not much of an issue when the smiley is replaced with an icon (like this :)).

Related article: http://painintheenglish.com/?p=175
Related XKCD: http://xkcd.com/541/

Make a sentence, then add Smiley afterwords, with a space. ;->
(and never within a parenthesis) ;->

(unless, you have words :-> in between) :wink: